Outdoor pools and outside dining among changes under Step One

Posted on Tuesday June 08, 2021

The Ontario government has announced plans to move to Step One of its Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021. For Cambridge, this will mean increased recreation opportunities at our parks and pools as well as the reopening of outside dining and our enhanced patio program.

”This is another step in the right direction as we gradually open up more services and amenities over the next months,” said Deputy Mayor Mike Mann. “Staff have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that residents can enjoy these reduced restrictions safely. I encourage everyone to support local businesses and to get outside to enjoy our beautiful parks and trails. But please continue to follow all guidelines and, if you haven’t already, register to get vaccinated. Let’s keep this forward momentum going and ensure that Step Two isn’t far behind.”

The province will remain in Step One for at least 21 days to evaluate public health indicators.

See below for City of Cambridge service changes under Step One of the provincial roadmap:


The City’s three outdoor pools (George Hancock, Ed Newland and Kinsmen Soper Park Pool) will be open for Friday June 11. Regulations include:

  • Splash and Leisure Swims, capacity is restricted to 25%. 
  • Specialty swims will have reduced capacity to maintain 3m physical distancing based on current regulations: one swimmer per lane in our Lane Swims and a maximum of 10 participants for water exercises classes. 

Residents are reminded to wear a mask while waiting in line to enter the pool. Please visit our website for more information regarding pre-registering and pre-screening for swims and what to expect at our pools this summer.


  • Outdoor gatherings will increase to a capacity of 10
  • Outdoor fitness requires 3m physical distancing
  • Team sports continue to be restricted to training only (no games or scrimmages)
  • Picnic areas are open on a first come, first served basis (maximum allowable seating of four per table)
  • Locker rooms, changerooms, showers and clubhouses will remain closed
  • Splash pads, skate parks, Riverside bike park, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, disc golf, soccer fields and tennis and pickleball courts are open. Residents are asked to limit their time at these amenities to 20 minutes if others are waiting.

Summer Camps

Day camps will proceed adhering to the health guidelines that have been set by Waterloo Region Public Health, and the Province of Ontario. For more information visit www.cambridge.ca/camps.


Outdoor dining will reopen as of June 11 with up to four people permitted per table with exceptions for larger households. Beginning on June 14, portions of Queen Street East in Hespeler and Main Street in Galt will be closed to vehicular traffic to support local businesses and encourage a safe pedestrian atmosphere this summer.

  • Queen Street East, between Guelph Avenue and Tannery Street, in Hespeler will be closed on Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 11 p.m., starting June 19 until October 9.
  • Main Street in Galt will be closed to vehicles seven days a week from June 14 until October 1.


  • Cambridge Farmers’ Market will continue to operate with capacity limited to 32 shoppers indoors and 100 shoppers outdoors
  • Essential retail stores operating at 25% capacity and can sell all products
  • Non-essential retail stores will reopen at 15% capacity and can sell all products
  • Retail stores in the Cambridge Centre mall remain closed unless the store has a street facing entrance

Service Cambridge

Service Cambridge on the first floor at City Hall will be reopened as Monday, June 14 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 servicecambridge@cambridge.ca. For a list of online services, please visit www.cambridge.ca/covid19.

Proposed dates and schedules are subject to change based on Public Health advice and Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen. Visit ww.cambridge.ca/covid19 for the latest updates, guidelines and restrictions.


Primary Media Contact:

Susanne Hiller
Director, Corporate Communications
City of Cambridge