City of Waterloo moving to provincial Step 3 on Friday

Posted On Wednesday July 14, 2021

With Waterloo Region moving into Step 3 of the provincial response framework on Friday, July 16, the City of Waterloo will gradually re-start recreation programs, services and amenities, as well as remove restrictions on other city services according to the guidelines and protocols. 

A number of outdoor recreation programs are already underway and we will gradually ramp up further indoor program and services as of July 16. This means some programs and services may not be immediately available. It will take some time to gear up facilities, and fully reactivate our staff ambassador network. Limited capacities and controlled indoor entry will be in place, and the requirement for a pre-arrival health screening will be in effect. 

Recreation Services is working through the re-activation and will have limited summer ice and facilities. Details will be shared on the city’s website as plans are confirmed. 

Over time more indoor programs and services will be added, so residents are urged to “check before you rec” on the city’s website

Waterloo City Hall is also open to the community. 

As of July 16, outdoor gatherings and picnic bookings will be permitted with 75 per cent maximum capacity up to 100; subject to timelines and regulations established by the province and public health. 

Outdoor sports programs permitted with no capacity limits for players. Designated spectator areas limited to 75 per cent maximum capacity. Signage will be posted. Designated and non-designated spectator areas require two metre distancing unless members of same household and mask wearing is mandatory. 

At our cemetery locations, graveside services will have no capacity limits with physical distancing requirements still in place.  All attendees and staff must adhere to local public health unit restrictions.  Parkview offices will be open to the public with a limit of two people per meeting in the office. The Chapel access will permit a maximum of 40 people per witnessing with mask and face coverings required and the guests must be logged to enable contract tracing.  

The City of Waterloo Museum, located at Conestoga Mall, will reopen with limited capacity on August 3. 

We will continue to monitor provincial regulations and announcements, and are working closely with the Region of Waterloo Public Health Unit to interpret regulations and guidelines as they are released or amended.






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