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City closes Farmers' Market, Sleeman Centre, River Run Centre

Libraries and museums to stay open, with visitors being screened
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The City of Guelph has announced that it is closing the Guelph Farmers' Market, Sleeman Centre, Evergreen Seniors Centre and River Run Centre.

It has also cancelled all March Break camps.

The museum and library will remain open, with visitors being screened.

There are currently no COVID-19 cases reported in Guelph.

"We have not declared an emergency, but we are using the City’s emergency response procedures, and we are prepared to activate the Emergency Operations Centre if it is needed," said a post on the city's web site.

“While we don’t have any confirmed cases here in Guelph Wellington, we understand that people are reading headlines in other communities and becoming increasingly concerned. Rest assured, the whole team here at the City, including our first responders, is working together to prepare and prevent the potential spread of the Coronavirus in our community,” said City of Guelph Chief Administrative Officer, Scott Stewart.

Based on the advice we received from Guelph’s Medical Officer of Health, the City is closing high-risk facilities and cancelling large community events. The City is waiving cancellation fees and issuing refunds for cancelled programs and events.

  • Evergreen Seniors Centre is closed to the public and all programs cancelled until April 30.
  • all camps planned for the Guelph facilities are cancelled.
  • River Run Centre events are cancelled until April 30. Private or closed events will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Public events at the Sleeman Centre are cancelled. Private or closed events will be assessed on a case by case basis.
  • Guelph Museums remain open with visitor screening. Events will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Recreation Centres remain open, screening visitors. Events will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Guelph libraries are open, screening visitors. Events will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Any public meetings or events hosted by the City will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

The city may proceed with events where:

  • Fewer than 250 people are invited or attending
  • Hand washing and hygiene stations are available
  • Participants can maintain a one-metre distance from one another
  • Participants are not older adults or others who may be at greater risk of severe disease

All city administration offices remain open, people are encouraged to consider online services where possible.

The city has enhanced (more frequent or in-depth) cleaning practices in high-touch areas like public computers, public phones, elevator buttons, washrooms, public-facing counters, door handles, and buses.