Update on City services and programs during the province-wide emergency brake

Posted on Friday April 02, 2021

Due to rising case counts and COVID-19 hospitalizations across the province, effective Saturday, April 3 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario is implementing a province-wide emergency brake.  

In light of this, Cambridge will join area municipalities in the Waterloo Region and close all public facilities, with the exception of the Cambridge Farmers’ Market.

“I know this not what we had hoped for this Easter weekend,” said Mayor Kathryn McGarry. “It is now a race between variants and vaccines. This ‘emergency break‘ will allow time for more of us to get vaccinated. This means less people in our ICUs and less strain on our already strained healthcare system. I know it’s difficult and we are all tired, but until more of us are vaccinated we need to remain apart to stay safe.”

City Facilities and Services

  • All municipal buildings, including community centres, The Cambridge Centre for the Arts, arenas, pools, and City Hall, will be closed to the public.
  • Cambridge Farmers’ Market will remain open with restrictions in place.
  • All indoor recreational activities have been suspended. Visit #RecFromHome on the City’s website for ways to stay healthy, engaged and connected. For more information on municipal recreation programs in the Waterloo Region, please see joint release here.
  • Parks and trails will remain open with restrictions in place. Please remember that outdoor gathering is limited to 5 people in an area with physical distancing.
  • Cemeteries remain open with gathering limits in place.
  • City Council meetings will continue virtually, as well as online engagement opportunities for residents on City projects and initiatives through EngageCambridge.

Stay Connected

  • Service Cambridge staff are available to answer service-related questions by phone at (519) 623-1340 or email servicecambridge@cambridge.ca.
  • Download the City of Cambridge mobile app and access City services from home. Download the app or visit the Service Cambridge portal.
  • Payments for City utilities/taxes should be done through direct banking services or a drop box is available at City Hall.
  • Staff in corporate divisions will continue to work from home and are available by email or phone on City related files and matters.
  • All health-related questions should be directed to your personal health care provider, Telehealth (1-866-797-0000), Waterloo Region Public Health (519-575-4400) or via their website. For medical emergencies call 911.

Support Local

  • Indoor and outdoor service at restaurants, bars and food/drink establishments is not permitted during the province-wide shutdown. Take-out, drive-through, curbside pick-up and delivery are permitted. For information on how you can continue to safely support our local restaurants and businesses, visit #OrderFromHome

Please note that further service changes will be updated on our website or communicated directly to user groups

The City’s top priority continues to be the health and safety of our residents, employees, and community. Please follow public health directives and stay close to home, particularly during this holiday weekend. Under the latest announcement, no indoor gatherings will be permitted with people outside of your household. If you live alone, you may gather with one other household. Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 5 people with physical distancing.

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  • Stay informed with City related updates at www.cambridge.ca/covid19
  • Public Health updates can be found here.
  • Read more about the changes under the Emergency brake here.  

Primary Media Contact

Susanne Hiller
Director of Corporate Communications
City of Cambridge