Capacity limits and other updates to City of Waterloo recreation

Posted On Monday December 20, 2021

With the province introducing measures to strengthen the response to the Omicron variant, the City of Waterloo continues to adjust to help slow the spread.

City of Waterloo recreation facilities continue to be open, at 50 per cent capacity. Registered city programs, including swimming and public skating, continue within required capacity limits. Everyone 12 and older (participants, volunteers, coaches, and parents/spectators, except those with a valid medical exemption) are required to show proof of vaccination and government ID to enter our facilities, and to perform health screening and contact tracing either in advance or upon arrival. Additional measures in place include:

  • Reduce the number of spectators at practices and games to meet the 50% capacity limit (one guardian per player where possible)
  • Have players arrive dressed to play and ready to participate, avoid the dressing room if possible
  • Follow safe dressing room protocols where in use – minimize time spent in dressing rooms, wear masks, and keep distanced
  • Wear masks at all times, except for participants during play or on the bench
  • Keep distanced wherever possible, and do not congregate in lobbies or hallways
  • Food service provision is stopped until further notice, concessions and vending machines are not available
  • No outside food or drink is permitted in recreation facilities (water for sport is exempted)
  • Eliminate indoor team social activity

We would like to thank everyone in advance for their patience, and for planning their arrival to allow for the extra time required when entering our facilities. Program participants are reminded to Check Before you Rec for health screening and applicable program information, as procedures may change quickly.

The local pandemic situation continues to evolve rapidly, and residents are encouraged to watch for updates. Regulations and programming are subject to change based on further direction and/or guidance from the Province and Regional governments.

 

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Media contact:
Cari Van Niekerk
Manager, Corporate Communications
Cari.vanniekerk@waterloo.ca