City Steps Up Facility Closures as COV-19 Concerns Continue

Before the work week has even begun, the City of Guelph has already made some tweaks to it’s plans to mitigate the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. Although there has yet to be any cases of COVID-19 in Guelph and Wellington County, the City of Guelph has announced that they’re taking enhanced precautions, and is temporarily closing down several facilities.

In addition to previously announced closures, the City of Guelph released a statement Sunday adding all arenas, pools, and recreational facilities, as well as Guelph Museums, and all branches of the Guelph Public Library to the list. All these facilities will be closed through April 5. The City has also announced that the Elliott Community has been closed to the public.

“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,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “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.”

City services will go on the same as usual, and facilities that are remaining open will be put through “enhanced” cleaning, including in “high-touch areas” like public computers, public phones, elevator buttons, washrooms, public-facing counters, door handles, and buses.

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

City Hall will remain open, but people are being asked to use online services wherever possible, and if you are not feeling well, then please don’t pop by for a visit.

All public meetings and events are cancelled until April 5, and the City is “assessing options” for upcoming City Council meetings. The next meeting of council is on March 23, which is a briefing on multi-year budgeting that was supposed to take place at Evergreen Seniors Centre, which is now closed.

If you’re looking for something to do in Wellington County, you’re out of luck there too because the County announced Sunday that the all Wellington County libraries and the Wellington County Museums and Archives will be closed to the public starting Monday and through to April 6.

“The County of Wellington continues to follow the guidance of public health officials,” said Warden Kelly Linton in a media release. “The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will be making any appropriate changes as necessary.”

The most recent reported case in our area was a fifth case in Waterloo Region on Friday. A man in his 40s was diagnosed with COVID-19 after returning home from a Celebrity Cruise out of Fort Lauderdale.

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