Statement from Mayor Dave Jaworsky, City of Waterloo on COVID-19

Posted On Friday March 20, 2020

This is a difficult time for all of us. It’s imperative that we listen to the medical experts. We all need to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. The best way to do that is through social distancing. So please, if at all possible stay home, look after yourself and your family. 

Similar to other organizations and municipalities, the city has scaled back the number of people that it has on site. Many of our employees are working from home, while others who deliver critical services are reporting to their normal work locations. 

In support of social distancing, the city is focused on delivering and responding to critical service needs and requests at this time. We are committed to keeping the local economy going. Building permits can be processed online and our building inspectors are still on duty to keep new building projects moving. Non-critical/routine requests will be addressed when our operations return to normal staffing levels. 

This is a stressful time for everyone on many levels, including financially. In true barn raising spirt that our communities have always exhibited, local municipalities and agencies and partners are working hard to create economic relief packages that will assist residents, businesses and not-for-profits. 

We have seen strong levels of support from the federal and provincial governments. We also recognize and appreciate the community’s understanding and support. I know that together we will get through this. People are strong and resilient, and we all need to do our part.” – Mayor Dave Jaworsky


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Tony Iavarone                                                                                                                         

Director of Communications                                                                                          

City of Waterloo