After inching towards the decision for the last few days, both the City of Guelph and the County of Wellington have made the move to close all municipal facilities to the public. While select services will continue, no one from the general public will be allowed to enter any City building or any County facility.
In Guelph, this means that City Hall and the Provincial Offences Court, which had both remained open as closures to other City facilities were announced over the last several days, are now closed to the general public as of 4:30 pm on Tuesday. Both buildings will remain closed until April 5, when Guelph’s libraries and rec centres are currently scheduled to return to regular business hours.
“These are not easy decisions to make, but we’re doing what’s reasonable and responsible the slow the spread of the Coronavirus, and protect the health of our community,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie in a statement.
Water, wastewater, waste collection and public drop-off and other critical services will be maintained, and, as announced earlier today, Guelph Transit will continue at a level of reduced service while offering free rides to users.
“These are big disruptions for everyone, and especially for those who rely on public services. Now is the time to take care of each other while providing critical public services we know people count on,” added Scott Stewart, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Guelph.
The County of Wellington is also closing its main municipal facilities to the public as of 4:30 pm on Tuesday. The County Administration Centre, Social Services offices, County garages, and County Re-Use Centres are now all closed to the general public as well. Curbside waste collection will continue, as will other essential Country services.
“At this time, all essential services will be provided and we will continue to operate and support our residents as best we can,” said Warden Kelly Linton in a statement. “The health and safety of our residents and our staff continues to remain our top priority as we navigate through this rapidly changing situation. The County of Wellington will continue to monitor the situation closely and we will be making all appropriate changes as necessary.”
Reminder: There has not yet been a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Guelph or Wellington County. The only case of COVID-19 that Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is dealing with right now is in Orangeville. A COVID-19 assessment clinic opened today on Delhi Street.