Phased Approach to Reopening

Suburbs

This framework for reopening is one component of the City of Kitchener’s overall COVID-19 Recovery Plan. It outlines a gradual, phased reopening of municipal facilities, and the resumption of programs, services and events, based on the latest direction of the Province of Ontario and local public health officials as of June 8, 2020. As the situation in Ontario continues to evolve, those directions will change and the City will be required to adjust its reopening plan. Final decisions about when specific facilities will be reopened are subject to future provincial guidance and the easing of public health restrictions. In making final decisions about reopening, the City’s primary goal will be to protect the health and wellbeing of its employees, as well as the residents it serves.

Stage 1: mid-May to mid-June

Guidance from the Province of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening

  • Opening select workplaces that can meet current public health guidelines
  • Allowing essential gatherings of a limited number of people
  • Opening some outdoor spaces and amenities
  • Continued protections for vulnerable populations
  • Public health measure/restrictions will continue
  • Remote work arrangements should continue where feasible

Assumptions

  • Province eases restrictions on some outdoor spaces
  • Non-essential gathering restrictions continue
  • Staff continue to work from home where they can do so effectively
  • As businesses reopen, staff will be as responsive as possible to adapt to new requirements

Outdoor Amenities

  • Outdoor park amenities, dog parks, tennis courts, BMX bike course, pickleball, basketball and volleyball courts, skateparks and Huron Natural Area parking reopen
  • Rockway Golf Course open
  • Some sportsfields open for informal recreation use
  • Doon Golf Course open
  • Slow/Shared Streets Program launches

Indoor Facilities

  • Staged Farmers’ Market reopening
  • Gym Judo club reopening

Programs & Events

  • Small business outreach recovery
 program begins and toolkit launched
  • Legislated written consultations begin (e.g. notice of application)
  • Non-legislated written consultations linked to legislated approvals 
(Planning, Engineering) resume
  • Program to support restaurant patio expansions city-wide begins

Stage 2: mid-June to mid-July

Guidance from the Province of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening

  • Opening more workplaces with significant mitigation plans
  • Opening more public spaces
  • Allowing some larger public gatherings
  • Continued protections for vulnerable populations
  • Public health measure/restrictions will continue
  • Remote work arrangements should continue where feasible

Assumptions

  • Province eases restrictions to allow some larger public gatherings
  • Staff continue to work from home where they can do so effectively
  • Requirements for physical distancing continue
  • Adequate staffing is available to provide these additional services

Outdoor Amenities

  • Some sportsfields reopen for 
modified bookings, if organized sports are allowed by the province (under modified conditions)
  • Reopening of Harry Class and Idlewood outdoor pools
  • McLennan Park, Centreville Chicopee and Kingsdale splash pads open as a first phase, with Victoria Park, Chandler Mowat and Breithaupt splash pads opening later in this stage

Indoor Facilities

  • Smaller public bookings may begin at 1-2 City facilities, dependent on crowd size
  • City Hall open by appointment
  • Country Hills, Stanley Park, Victoria Hills and Forest Heights Community Centres reopened for day camp use
  • Kingsdale and Mill Courtland community centres reopen for food distribution program
  • Chandler Mowat opens as a cooling centre
  • Reopen lawn bowling club & WRBA facility
  • Reopen KMHA, Kitchener Rangers and KSC offices
  • Reopen Breithaupt Pool

Programs & Events

  • Pilot food trucks at 5 community
 centre locations across the city
  • Non-legislated written consultations begin (not linked to statutory
 approvals)
  • Virtual meetings used to facilitate non-legislated engagement linked to legislated approvals and other legislated engagement requirements (e.g. Planning Information Centres for Environmental Assessments)

Stage 3a: mid-July to September

Guidance from the Province of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening

  • Opening all workplaces responsibly, with appropriate protocols in place
  • Further relaxation of restrictions on public gatherings
  • Continued protections for vulnerable populations
  • Public health measure/restrictions will continue
  • Remote work arrangements should continue where feasible

Assumptions

  • Province further eases restrictions to allow large public gatherings
  • Concerts and large sporting events continue to be restricted
  • Requirements for physical distancing continue
  • Risk assessments and policies are in place to protect staff and the public accessing services
  • Adequate staffing is available to provide additional services

Outdoor Amenities

  • Playgrounds reopen if provincial restrictions allow

Indoor Facilities

  • City Hall continues to be open by appointment only 
  • Phased re-opening of arenas for small scale bookings and organized sports booking, if allowed by the province
  • Reopening Dom Cardillo Ice Pad, Sportsworld and Activa arenas
  • Additional staff begin to work at City Hall utilizing shifts (later in this phase)
  • Accept slightly larger bookings and reopen indoor recreation at City facilities, if allowed by the province
  • Doon Pioneer Park, Williamsburg, Bridgeport, and Rockway Community Centres reopened with limited capacity depending on provincial restrictions
  • Reopening of Forest Heights and Lyle Hallman indoor pools

Programs & Events

  • Regular Standing Committee/
Council cycle resumes in August (virtual delegations only)
  • Modified Advisory Committees and quasi judicial committees commence
  • Virtual meetings used to facilitate other legislated engagement 
requirements (e.g. Planning 
Information Centres for
Environmental Assessments)
  • Virtual meetings used to facilitate non-legislated community engagement
  • Increase group programming capacity in recreation facilities
  • Provide small scale events/festivals in a modified format, if allowed by the province

Stage 3b: September to December

Guidance from the Province of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening

  • Opening all workplaces responsibly, with appropriate protocols in place
  • Further relaxation of restrictions on public gatherings
  • Continued protections for vulnerable populations
  • Public health measure/restrictions will continue
  • Remote work arrangements should continue where feasible

Assumptions

  • Province further eases restrictions to allow large public gatherings
  • Concerts and large sporting events continue to be restricted
  • Requirements for physical distancing continue
  • Risk assessments and policies are in place to protect staff and the public accessing services
  • Adequate staffing is available to provide additional services

Outdoor Amenities 

  • Ice rinks open in neighbourhood parks – likely late December, weather dependent 
  • Weekly forestry natural area programs to commence in September (school, after school and family programming) 
  • Nordic skiing provided at Rockway Golf Course likely late December, weather dependent 
  • Kiwanis Park, Doon Golf Course and Huron Natural Area winter walks and snow shoeing early 2021, weather dependent 
  • Continue to leave some roads closed (e.g. Delta, Gaukel) for programmed and passive community space, weather dependent 
  • Potential to allow outdoor patios to remain open as late as possible this year, weather dependent 
  • Encourage privately-run pop-up coffee/hot chocolate/food trucks in key locations to support outdoor amenities 

 

Indoor Facilities

  • Community Centres wrap-up day camps and gradually open beginning in mid-Sept with a variety of indoor and outdoor City led programs and services for all ages
  • Majority of Neighbourhood Associations have indicated their intention to prepare to offer indoor programming beginning in January. Some may begin to provide programming in the fall.
  • Examine alternative options for Kitchener winter market
  • Increased ice access for sports groups at arenas
  • City Hall continues to be open by appointment for service transactions and in-person meetings for October, November and December
  • Facility rentals available mid-September subject to provincial gathering limits and safety protocols (starting with VPP, pools)
  • Warming centres open during extreme cold events with locations to be determined after programming is finalized
  • Public-access computers continue to be accessible at Kingsdale and Chandler Mowat community centres with the possibility of expanding this service to additional centres
  • 4-week swim lesson sessions will start to be offered in the fall
  • Older adult passive/active aquatics programming at Breithaupt Centre (BRC)
  • Budd Park indoor programming will resume January 2021 upon completion of facility improvements

 

Programs & Events

  • Outdoor events and programming subject to provincial gathering limits and safety protocols (e.g. led by City, Neighbourhood Associations and cultural organizations)
  • Continue social support calls for seniors
  • Online or modified special events planned for Mela Festival (Sept), Link Picnic (Sept), Neighbours Day (Sept), Oktoberfest (Oct), Christkindl (Dec), and New Year’s Eve (Dec)
  • Crossing guards resume duties in September with new safety protocols
  • Limited, City-led in-person non-statutory public meetings may resume with new safety protocols, in addition to virtual methods of engagement
  • Virtual delegations at council and committee meetings continue until Stage 4
  • Modified fall/winter horticultural programs resume (e.g. fall mum program)
  • Staff will continue investigation opportunities for COVID compliant programming and supports related to economic development
  • New or expanded virtual programming and activities (e.g. Kitchener Connects, Children’s programs, feedback surveys) focused on wellbeing
  • Leverage grassroots-level, decentralized, small-scale events/programming that connect with City or partner organization activities, which focus on vulnerable populations
  • Leverage learnings from the camp-in-a-box pilot program and expand to include other leisure activities targeted to vulnerable populations
  • Love My Hood matching grant fall programming or events may take place
  • Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph, subject to provincial gathering limits and safety protocols
  • OHL Hockey season likely resumes December 1

 


Stage 4: 2021+

Assumptions

  • Post pandemic period
  • Vaccine or treatment for COVID 19 is widely available
  • Remaining provincial restrictions are lifted

Outdoor Amenities

  • All sportsfields reopen for regular bookings and return to their regular maintenance cycle

Indoor Facilities

  • All Municipal buildings open to 
public use
  • Reinstate larger bookings at City facilities

Programs & Events

  • Regular Council/Committee 
delegations resume
  • Resume events and large 
gatherings
  • Resume regular day camps and community centre programming

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