Last week, the Government of Ontario announced that the third stage of the province’s economic re-opening would begin this Friday at 12:01 am. A great many changes will go into effect including the return of indoor dining, larger gatherings, and access to facilities like theatres and museums, which means the City of Guelph has some updates of it’s own. Here’s what to know about re-opening Guelph-style this Friday.
CITY FACILITIES like the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, the Victoria Road Recreation Centre and the West End Community Centre will be open, and you will be able to purchase transit passes and waste collection tickets at the service desks there.
DROP-IN SWIMS start again on July 26 at the Vic Road and West End Rec Centre pools, but to drop-in, you have to register 72 hours in advanced by going online or calling 519-83
7-5699. You can pay in advance with a credit card, or you can pay in-person with cash. Change rooms and the viewing galleries will be open, but lockers, showers and saunas will not. Registration for swimming lessons will begin on September 8* for fall classes. Current restrictions at wading pools and Lyon pool will continue.
OUTDOOR SPORTS programs will be able to continue practicing and hold outdoor games up to 75 per cent capacity (although the IBL Guelph Royals have already announced that they will not be playing this season). All outdoor rec facilities and picnic shelters are now open, but the Riverside Park carousel will remain closed for the year due to the high cost of making the ride compliant with provincial regulations.
GUELPH FARMERS’ MARKET will now be allowed to host 265 customers indoors plus another 265 customers outdoors.
RIVER RUN CENTRE and SLEEMAN CENTRE will be allowed to re-open again. River Run will be able to hold events with up to 50 per cent capacity once City of Guelph summer camps being held there have ended. And, as previously reported, up to 1,000 people will be allowed to watch the remaining CEBL Guelph Nighthawks home games at the Sleeman Centre starting July 19. (Tickets go on sale tomorrow.)
GUELPH MUSEUMS will be open to visitors again, but you will still have to buy your tickets in advance. McCrae House will be open again this Friday, and the Civic Museum will re-open on Tuesday July 27, and they will both be allowed up to 50 per capacity.
GUELPH PUBLIC LIBRARY, and all its various branches, will continue being open under their usual summer hours.
“A huge part of the reason we’ve gotten to stage 3 reopening is the work our community has done to stop the spread of COVID-19, by getting vaccinated and keeping our distance,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie in a statement. “As more local businesses set to reopen this Friday, let’s support them by shopping local and showing them how happy we are to see their return.”
As will the rest of Ontario,outdoor gatherings will be allowed for up to 100 people, while indoor gatherings will be allowed for up to 25 people. Indoor dining will be allowed with no limits on the number of people per table, but physical distancing and other restrictions will still be in effect. There will be no limitations on retail either as stores will now only be limited to how many people can physical distance while inside.
Concert venues, cinemas, theatres, indoor meeting and event spaces, recreation and fitness facilities, sport venues, casinos, bingo halls, aquariums, museums, galleries, and historical sites will all be able to open to 50 per cent capacity. Outdoor venues like amusement parks, fairs, zoos, public gardens, sports venues, and other landmarks will be allowed to open to 75 per cent capacity, while indoor dance facilities like night clubs will be able to open up to 25 per cent capacity, or 250 people, which ever number is the lowest.
*CORRECTION: Originally, this article said that registration for swimming lessons opens on September 1. This update reflects the accurate date.