City of Guelph Says No Programs, Permits, or Events Till September

Whether it’s an event at the River Run Centre, your child’s favourite summer camp, or booking a picnic site in Riverside Park for your family reunion, when it comes to City of Guelph properties, it’s “See you in September” for local amenities and the people. City officials announced today that all scheduled programs, performances, and events at their facilities are cancelled until after Labour Day.

“If Provincial emergency orders change, or we get updated advice from local health officials, we may be able to offer some in-person programs and events before September. For now, we want to refund any fees we’ve collected and give families an opportunity to make other plans for the summer,” said DCAO of Public Services Colleen Clack in a statement.

Most City of Guelph facilities have been closed since March 15, and the length of their closure was extended to July 5 back at the beginning of April. The latest announcement now has an effect on bookings that people made to use City facilities through the later part of the summer, as well as City of Guelph summer camps, which have now all been cancelled in the wake of this announcement.

“We know how much kids, families and visitors love summertime in Guelph. We’re disappointed too, but we know these measures are necessary to protect our community’s health and safety,” added Clack.

If you are registered for programs or classes, or if you have rented a sports field, picnic shelter, or other City facility, you are entitled to a refund from the City of Guelph, and if you have a credit card number filed with the City, you will get that refund automatically. If you need further assistance, email recreation [at] guelph.ca or call 519-837-5699. If you have fitness or recreation memberships for City facilities though, your registration will be extended for the time that facilities have been closed.

Ticket holders for the River Run Centre will be contacted when their event is rescheduled, or they will be given refunds.

Despite the fact that everything will remain closed, the City of Guelph is still going to help people out with staying healthy and in shape. In the month of June, the City will be posting online resources for people looking to stay active at home, just look for #RecEnrollatHome on the City’s website and social media feeds. “June is recreation and parks month and, since we can’t play together in person this year, we’ve prepared all kinds of activities people can do online,” said Clack.

For further recreational options, the City’s parks, sports fields, tennis courts, ball diamonds, and the Silvercreek Skate Park are now open for responsible public use although playgrounds, picnic areas, and washrooms all remain closed.

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