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Guelph libraries, pools, rec centres, museums closed until April

All programs, events, community displays and room rentals are cancelled during this time
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Main Guelph Public Library file photo. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday

Update: From the City of Guelph:

Based on the advice from Guelph’s Medical Officer of Health, the City of Guelph has decided to close all arenas, pools, recreation centres, libraries, and museums to the public until April 5, 2020.

“There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Guelph Wellington, and our emergency management team is working with our partners at Wellington Dufferin Public Health and the Guelph General Hospital to protect the health and safety of our community. We know closures and cancellations are disruptive and inconvenient, but we think it’s the best way to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19,” said Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie.

“Public services such as building permits, water and wastewater treatment, road work and waste collection will continue. The situation is changing quickly, and we appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to share the best information available as quickly as possible,” said City of Guelph Chief Administrative Officer Scott Stewart.

City hall remains open.

Guelph Public Library to Close All Locations in Response to COVID-19

Guelph Public Library has been working closely with our City partners to diligently monitor developments and information about the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Based on the direction from the City and information from Public Health, and out of concern for our staff, customers and the public, we will be closing all Guelph Public Library locations to the public effective Sunday March 15 at 5 p.m.

The library will re-open on Monday April 6 at 9 a.m.

All programs, events, community displays and room rentals are cancelled during this time. Overdue fines will not accumulate during this closure. Any items on hold will still be available when the library re-opens. Library customers are strongly encouraged to delay returning borrowed materials until regular service resumes.

Online access to the library's eResources remains accessible. Downloading eBooks, eAudiobooks and magazines; streaming movies and music; and use of our online resources are all available from the comfort of your home with your library card.

“We will continue to provide the best service we can. Limited library services are available online or by phoning your library branch between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday or by email,” Guelph Public Library CEO Steven Kraft said. “In keeping with current recommendations from local and national health organizations, we have decided we could help slow the spread of the Coronavirus by closing the building to public entry.”

In the meantime, please stay informed about COVID-19 by referring to credible sources of information, such as Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph’s Public Health website. One of the best ways to prevent the spread of viral illness is to limit contact and practice good health hygiene.

Keep well and read on!