Statement from Mayor McGarry on COVID-19

Posted on Sunday March 15, 2020

I want to thank our community for coming together during this difficult and rapidly evolving situation and for following the recommendations from our Acting Medical Officer of Health.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve around the world and in our local community, the wellbeing of our residents remains our top priority. Together, we will help prevent the spread of infection and potential impact in Cambridge and the Region as a whole.

With that in mind, we have made the decision to close all municipally-run cultural and recreational facilities from Mar. 16 - Apr. 5. This includes all arenas, pools, community centres, 50+ centres, and public libraries. All emergency services and critical municipal and regional services will continue. In terms of City services, please contact us online or by phone, where possible. Stay up to date on City closures at

The City and Region have a dedicated pandemic response team, and this team is actively reviewing the latest information from health agencies and advising on appropriate City actions.

All area municipalities continue to work closely with the Region of Waterloo’s Public Health experts to monitor and respond to new developments. I encourage you to stay up to date on the most recent information by monitoring the Region’s Public Health website.