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Guelph's COVID-19 Level

This past Friday Feb. 12th, the Province announced that as of Tuesday the 16th, Guelph will move out of shut down into level red/control in Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework: keeping Ontario safe and open. This means we can begin to reopen some City facilities with strict screening measures in place.

I know these updates about COVID-19 can be confusing. The Province says we’re reopening more businesses to get more people back to work, while health officials warn us about more contagious variants, and tell us to stay home. So it’s up to us to make good decisions to protect ourselves, our families and our community.

This is what the City is reopening this week: 

City recreation centres open February 18

Drop-in programs, pool and ice rentals start February 18. Customers must register for drop-in programs, and may do so up to 72 hours in advance. Guelph Transit bus passes, City gift cards, large waste item tickets, and waste cart exchanges will also be available starting February 18.
Registration for spring recreation programs begins on March 3. Programs are scheduled to start April 4. The City will issue refunds if programs are cancelled due to low enrollment or COVID-19.

Visit guelph.ca/recreation for guidelines, schedules and registration information.

Outdoor rinks, parks, playgrounds and trails

At level red, up to 25 people can use Guelph’s fenced dog parks, and outdoor skating rinks. Users should wear masks, stay at least two metres away from people they don’t live with, and bring hand sanitizer.
Team sports are not permitted at level red. People can use hockey sticks, pucks, and low pond-style nets provided by the City on community ice rinks provided they’re not used for team sports or games. To reduce the risk of injury, the City of Guelph does not permit full-sized hockey nets on community rinks, and skating is not permitted on storm ponds.

Visit guelph.ca/parks for more information.

City Hall and Provincial Offences Court

Service counters remain open to the public. Visit guelph.ca for online services.

Guelph Farmers’ Market

The Guelph Farmers’ Market is open on Saturday mornings. Up to 75 people can shop indoors.

Visit guelph.ca/farmersmarket for a list of vendors and shopping guidelines.

Shop local. Shop safe. #guelphshops

For a directory of local shops and services visit guelph.ca/guelphshops. Share photos and stories about your favourites using #guelphshops

Guelph libraries open

The Scottsdale branch will continue offering curbside pickup service only, all other branches are open from in-person service, browsing, and computer use. Visit guelphpl.ca for details.

Guelph Museums reopen February 16

Guelph Museums will reopen with a maximum of 10 visitors allowed indoors. Museum visits must be scheduled in advance at guelphmuseums.ca.

Guelph Transit

Guelph Transit service continues on a 30-minute schedule, Monday to Saturday. Sunday is regular service. Essential trips only. Masks are required.

River Run Centre and Sleeman Centre

The River Run Centre and Sleeman Centre remain closed to the public. Visit riverrun.ca for digital performances.

Provincial COVID-19 guidelines as of February 16

Highlights of provincial regulations are included below. For a full list of COVID-19 guidelines at level red visit covid-19.ontario.ca
 

Gathering and close contact at level red

Stay at least two metres away from people you don’t live with. Do not visit any other household or allow visitors in your home. If you live alone, you can have close contact with one other household. Please remember that the province eliminated ‘social bubbles’ in the fall, and they have not been brought back.

Events and social gatherings:

  • Indoors 5 people
  • Outside 25 people

Only go out for essential reasons, such as:

  • work
  • school
  • groceries
  • pharmacy
  • health care
  • helping vulnerable people
  • exercise and physical activity

Work remotely, where possible.
 

Restaurants and bars

Outdoor dining, take out, drive through, and delivery are permitted. Restaurants or bars can sell or serve alcohol 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and must close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Up to 10 customers can dine indoors if there is least two metres between tables. Up to four people can sit at a table, and all seated customers must provide contact information.
 

Stores

  • Supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores must limit indoor shopping to 75% of capacity
  • All other retail (includes discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, hardware stores, garden centres) must limit indoor shopping to 50% of capacity.
  • Fitting rooms cannot be right next to each other.
  • All customers must answer screening questions about COVID-19 symptoms and exposure before they come into malls.

 

To report a concern about a gathering or business

The City is educating people and businesses and responding to concerns.
Click here to report a COVID-19 concern online
Call 519-837-2529
Use the map app to report COVID-19 concerns

Did you know the City of Guelph has a page dedicated to collecting your feedback? Check out Have Your Say to see opportunities to influence City projects, including new parks, master plans, bylaw reviews and City programs!

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