City of Guelph responding to Coronavirus

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UPDATED March 15, 2020

Based on the advice from Guelph’s Medical Officer of Health, the City of Guelph has decided to close all arenas, pools, recreation centres, libraries, and museums to the public until April 5, 2020.

“There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Guelph Wellington, and our emergency management team is working with our partners at Wellington Dufferin Public Health and the Guelph General Hospital to protect the health and safety of our community. We know closures and cancellations are disruptive and inconvenient, but we think it’s the best way to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19,” said Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie.

“Public services such as building permits, water and wastewater treatment, road work and waste collection will continue. The situation is changing quickly, and we appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to share the best information available as quickly as possible,” said City of Guelph Chief Administrative Officer Scott Stewart.

Screening visitors at City Hall

City Hall is open, though we encourage people to consider online services where possible. Please do not visit if you are feeling unwell, or you have travelled outside of Canada within the past 14 days. All other City administration offices are closed to the public.

Closures and cancellations

Arenas, pools and recreation centres

Closed to the public until April 5, 2020

Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

Closed to the public. All programs and events cancelled until April 30, 2020

The Elliott long-term care facility

Closed to the public.

Guelph Farmers’ Market

Closed to the public until April 30, 2020

Guelph Libraries

All locations closed to the public until April 5, 2020

Guelph Museums

All locations closed to the public until April 5, 2020

Guelph Transit and mobility service

Please do not use public transit if you are feeling unwell, or you have travelled outside Canada within the past 14 days.

Mobility service customers are asked to avoid all non-essential travel. Mobility service users will be screened as many are older adults who may be more at risk of severe illness.

River Run Centre

Closed to the public until April 30, 2020

Sleeman Centre

Closed to the Public until April 30, 2020

Waste Resource Innovation Centre

Administration offices closed to the public. Outdoor public drop off open. Please do not visit the facility if you are feeling unwell or if you have travelled outside Canada within the past 14 days.

Public meetings and events

We’re assessing options for upcoming City Council meetings. All other public meetings or events scheduled at City facilities are cancelled until April 5.

Prevent the spread

Health officials have provided the following instructions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and other colds and diseases:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • cough or sneeze into a tissue, discard it immediately and wash your hands; otherwise, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not your hands
  • stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others
  • avoid close contact – stay one metre (3 feet) from other people

Enhanced cleaning

The City has enhanced (more frequent or in-depth) cleaning practices in high-touch areas like public computers, public phones, elevator buttons, washrooms, public-facing counters, door handles, and buses.

Updates and resources

As we receive more information and direction from the Ontario Ministry of Health, and Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health, we will share updates at and our social media accounts.

You can also subscribe to Alert Guelph or get the app on your phone.

Media Contact

Stacey Hare
Corporate Communications and Customer Service
519-822-1260 extension 2611
519-830-0009 mobile

Posted by Sarah Ball on March 15, 2020

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