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

Specific outdoor amenities, indoor facilities, programs and events that will be reopened between September to 
December will be determined later in 2020 based on the effectiveness of Stages 1-3a and the potential for a second wave of COVID transmission. In addition, limited in-person pubic engagement may commence for both legislated and 
non-legislated engagements if provincial directions allow.


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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