Mississauga’s mayor has kicked her differences with her region’s top doctor up a notch.
In an address posted to Twitter on Wednesday, Mayor Bonnie Crombie announced she’s making formal requests with both the provincial government and her own regional health department to move Mississauga from the grey lockdown zone in Ontario’s COVID-19 reopening framework to the less-restrictive red.
“I believe this is the right time for Mississauga to move into the red zone,” she said.
“With or without the rest of the region.”
Last week, both Crombie and Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown called on Peel’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Lawrence Loh to recommend the cities move from the previous stay-at-home order directly into red.
Loh, however, decided instead of recommend Peel move into grey, given a “reversal of the favourable trends” for the region, given the increasing cases of more-transmissible COVID-19 variants.
Crombie now wants the city moved into the red, regardless of the wishes of the health department.
“Mississauga residents, businesses and faith-based groups have done an outstanding job getting out numbers down by listening to the advice of public health,” she said.
“But our Mississauga business owners are seeing residents — their customers — going into neighbouring cities like Oakville to shop and dine out, when our numbers here warrant us being in the red zone too.”