City of Kitchener extends recreation facility closures and cancels programming up to and including June 30

Posted On Wednesday April 15, 2020

Kitchener, Ontario – To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to provide more certainty to program organizers and program registrants, the City of Kitchener, together with area municipalities, has extended all recreation facility closures and cancelled all spring programming up to and including June 30, 2020.

In addition to these program cancellations, all City of Kitchener recreational and leisure facilities including: Kitchener Public Library, community centres, arenas, pools and sports fields will remain closed up to and including June 30, 2020.

“The decision to cancel programs and extend recreation facility closures when we’re still a long way from June 30 has not come easily, however, for the community organizations and volunteers that put so much time and effort into planning spring programming in our indoor and outdoor City facilities, this was necessary. And both they, and future program registrants, need to know what they are planning for,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “Our hope is that by making this decision today, both residents and program organizers will have greater certainty - with their efforts not being wasted in planning and residents won’t be disappointed that a spring session may not materialize or may need to be cancelled later,” said Vrbanovic.

Additionally, as a result of these extended recreation facility closures, any third-party programs, events or other activities scheduled to take place in these City facilities will also be postponed or cancelled. 

“We’ve been working with the users of our facilities including sports groups and neighbourhood associations to keep them informed as we make these decisions,” said Mayor Vrbanovic. “We’re all hopeful that we won’t need to keep everything closed until June 30, and that as more information becomes available from the Province and the Region’s Medical Officer of Health in the coming weeks, we’ll be able to open at least some of our facilities earlier.”

The decision to extend closures and cancellations will be continually reviewed, in conjunction with direction from the Province and guidance from the Region’s Medical Officer of Health, to determine if an earlier opening is possible or if a further extension is required. 

Information on refunds due to program registrations/cancellations, tickets purchased at the Aud and/or sport group registrations, can be found at www.kitchener.ca/refunds

More information about the City's response to COVID-19 is available at www.kitchener.ca/covid19

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For more information:

Shawn Falcao, Manager, Corporate Communications, City of Kitchener

519-741-2200 ext. 7094
shawn.falcao@kitchener.ca

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