City to gradually reopen community amenities; City Hall to open June 15

Posted on Thursday June 11, 2020

In alignment with the second phase of provincial reopening plans, the City of Cambridge, along with other local municipalities across the Region, will gradually reopen some facilities in the days and weeks ahead.                                                                                      

As the province lifts restrictions, the reopening of amenities and facilities across the city will be phased. Given the complexity of some operations, necessary maintenance work, staffing limitations, and, most importantly, heightened safety protocols, not all facilities will open at once.

“We all want to get back to enjoying our city and staff have been working non-stop to get ready for this reopening process,” said Mayor Kathryn McGarry. “The restart of certain services and amenities will take some time so that it can be done with care and in order to protect the health of the public and our employees.”

As amenities gradually reopen, residents should expect new safety measures in place, including: reduced capacity and time limits; traffic flow signage; and physical distancing requirements.

City Hall

Beginning Monday, June 15, the first floor of Cambridge City Hall will reopen to the public.  Customer-related services will be consolidated at the Service Cambridge counter with additional kiosks in the Bowman Room. We encourage residents to continue to do as much city business online and over the phone as possible.  For a list of online services, please visit www.cambridge.ca/covid19.

Cambridge Farmers’ Market

As previously announced, the Cambridge Farmers’ Market is set to re-open to shoppers on Saturday, June 27. Much like grocery stores, shoppers will be able to shop in-store at the market, however new regulations and protocols will be in effect to ensure a safe shopping environment.  Shoppers can visit the Market’s online map to see which vendors will be open and where they are located in order to quickly navigate the market. For updates, please visit www.cambridgefarmersmarket.ca.

Sports  Fields

As per the Province’s announcement that outdoor sports fields can reopen for team practices, the City will reopen select fields as of Monday, July 6.  Physical distancing measures will apply.

Splash Pads and Pools

Splash pads are typically opened at the end of June/beginning of July depending on weather. Staff are currently looking at options to open three of our largest splash pads in the next few weeks. 

  • Forbes Park (Hespeler)
  • Churchill Park (Galt)
  • Riverside Park (Preston)

Please note that our other splash pads are not big enough to meet physical distancing requirements and will not reopen. We continue to work with Public Health and the Province for direction and guidance on the potential opening of pools to ensure safety of children and families at our water recreation facilities.

Recreation and other municipal buildings

City staff have comprehensive plans in place to guide the eventual safe and gradual reopening of other city facilities, including recreation centres. Opening dates and timeframes will depend on direction from the Province of Ontario and Region of Waterloo Public Health.

As more services, businesses, and activities throughout the city are able to reopen under Stage 2, there is risk of new cases of COVID-19 in the community. Residents are reminded to continue to practice physical distancing, wear a non-medical mask or face covering when physical distancing is difficult, wash hands regularly and, if sick, stay home.

The City of Cambridge will continue to work with the Region of Waterloo and area municipalities to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure timelines of municipal re-openings are appropriate and safe.

For the latest updates on City facilities and services, please visit www.cambridge.ca/COVID19.

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Primary media contact

Susanne Hiller
Director of Communications
City of Cambridge
hillers@cambridge.ca