Cambridge moving to Step Three with the rest of the province this Friday: Update on City Services and outdoor facilities

Posted on Wednesday July 14, 2021

Cambridge, Ontario - Yesterday, the Region of Waterloo announced it will move into Step Three of the Province of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen effective Friday, July 16, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

“As we move toward step three under the Province’s reopening framework let’s continue to lean on each other and take care of this community,” said Mayor Kathryn McGarry. “Be kind, support our small and local businesses and remember we’re all in this together. We must continue to follow public health advice, get our vaccinations, and be COVID smart as we get back to in-person day to day life. Our team is ready to welcome you back and I know we’re truly looking forward to seeing you all again.”

Cambridge staff will safely reopen selected city programs and services using use a two-phased approach as the city enters Step Three of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen plan. Please remember to 'Check before you Rec' and visit the city’s COVID-19 Recreation Safety for the latest information. 


July 16

July 26


  • Outdoor Pool capacity will increase to 50%; Lane and Specialty swims will have reduced capacity as required to maintain physical distancing based on current regulations.
  • Please visit our website for more information regarding pre-registering and pre-screening for swims and what to expect at our pools this summer.
  •  Indoor Facilities will open on a modified schedule at WG Johnson & John Dolson Pool



  • Outdoor gathering limit increases to 100 people.
  • Outdoor fitness classes require 2m physical distancing.
  • Picnic areas are available on a first come, first served basis. Gathering is limited to table seating capacity.


Recreation & Culture  programming

  • Check before you Rec and be sure to visit our COVID-19 Recreation Safety page for safety protocols and our #RecFromHome page for ways to stay engaged and active from home.
  • The Old Post Office Digital Light Projection Show resumed this week on Thursday, July 15. For show information please visit our website.
  • Outdoor weddings, funerals & ceremonies with capacity limited to allow distancing of 2m.
  • Indoor receptions are not currently permitted at city-owned facilities.
  • Programs at Indoor facilities will be opening the week of July 26th for pre-registration
  • Active Screening and Pre-registration continues
  • David Durward Centre will open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
  • Allan Reuter Centre will open Thursday
  • William E. Paulter Centre will open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Cambridge Centre for the Arts remains open for summer camps only
  • Arenas reopen to 50% of their building capacity or to a max of 1000 people
  • Active Screening will continue. Parents/spectators are reminded to maintain physical distancing and must be masked.  
  • Indoor Spectator seating is limited to 50% capacity with a required mask and a required 2m distancing when seated with people not from you own household
  • Please note: Indoor non-ice facilities will be available for booking beginning September 7th

Sports Fields & Booking

  • All outdoor fields are open with spectator seating limited to 75% capacity with a 2m physical distancing (or mask requirement) when seated with people not from your own household
  • Clubhouses may open with required masking indoors and 2m physical distancing of all members and limited to 50% of normal building capacity.
  • Game and league play permitted with no cap on the number of participants.
  • Teams from other Regions are permitted to play in Waterloo Region.
  • Sports Groups must follow the Return to Action/Play guidelines as established by their sports governing body.
  • Anyone booking must have a ‘Return to Play’ plan to book a field
  • Locker rooms, change rooms, up to 50% capacity.



  • Indoor and outdoor dining permitted with no capacity limits except for keeping 2m apart from other tables.
  • The following areas will be closed to vehicular traffic to support local businesses this summer:  
    • Saturdays, June 14th to October 9th: Queen St, East, between Guelph Avenue and Tannery Street, in Hespeler
    • Main Street in Galt will be closed to vehicles seven days a week from June 14th until October 1st.



  • Essential and non-essential retail open, including Cambridge Centre mall, with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of 2m.
  • Personal care services, including services requiring the removal of a face covering, now open with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of 2m.
  • Cambridge Farmers’ Market will continue to operate with capacity limited to 32 shoppers indoors and between 100 and 120 shoppers outdoors.


City Hall & Service  Cambridge

  • Historic City Hall remains closed to the public. For details on how to access our virtual Council meetings visit:
  • On June 14, Service Cambridge, found on the first floor at City Hall, opened for counter services. We encourage residents to continue to conduct as much municipal-related business as possible online or by phone.
  • Service Cambridge staff are available to answer service-related questions through our web portal, by phone at (519) 623-1340 or email For a list of online services, please visit


Additional Resources

Read the Region of Waterloo’s joint release here. For information on vaccinations including clinic locations on where to #getyourshot, please visit the Region’s website.

For more information on Step Three of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen Plan, please visit: For updates on COVID-19 guidelines in Cambridge, visit



Primary Media Contact:

Susanne Hiller

Director, Corporate Communications

City of Cambridge


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