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We learned on Tuesday that New Year’s fireworks in Mississauga have been canceled due to concerns about an increase in COVID-19 cases, driven by the highly transferable Omicron variant.

Mississauga’s community service commissioner says the decision to cancel this year’s closing parties was difficult but necessary to keep residents safe.

Wednesday morning, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown announced that fireworks for New Year’s Eve in his town will not be canceled, as he says public health has not recommended canceling this event.

“We specifically asked if it should be canceled, and the feedback was that outdoor events are low-risk and safe environments. If it changes and we are told that it is no longer a safe environment, then we would definitely cancel it, ”Mayor Brown explained.

Mayor Brown says there will be additional protocols, including masking and physical distance and registration.

Brown says he also plans to continue the New Year’s party on Jan. 1 outdoors at Brampton’s Gage Park.

As for the city of Toronto, there will be no fireworks on Nathan Phillips Square or the CN Tower.

The New Year’s Eve program will be a livestream of virtual musical performances pre-recorded from venues and venues throughout the city, hosted live from CN Tower and culminating in high-altitude fireworks launched simultaneously over Toronto’s waterfront to bring in the new. year.

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