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April 16, 2021

Effective Saturday, April 17 at 12:01 a.m., the Province of Ontario has added further restrictions to the stay-at-home order (see below), including the closure of outdoor amenities such as: 

  • Courts (tennis, basketball and pickleball)
  • Golf courses and driving ranges
  • Soccer fields and multi-use fields (includes frisbee golf)
  • Baseball diamonds
  • Skate parks and BMX parks (e.g. McLennan Park)
  • Outdoor fitness equipment
  • Picnic tables and shelters

Provincial Stay-at-Home Order

On April 7, 2021, the Province of Ontario declared a third state of emergency and issued a stay-at-home order to help address increasing COVID-19 cases.

The Province of Ontario is under a stay-at-home order with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work.

During the provincewide shutdown:

  • Outdoor organized public gatherings and social gatherings are cancelled
  • Individuals must wear a mask or face covering in the indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open. Wearing a mask or face covering is now recommended outdoors when you can't physically distance more than two metres.
  • All non-essential retail stores, including hardware stores, alcohol retailers, and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, must open no earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m.
  • No indoor gatherings with people outside your household is allowed
  • Outdoor gatherings are restricted except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or a caregiver for any member of the household
  • City rentals have been cancelled (with some exceptions)
  • City facilities have been closed (with some exceptions)
  • The Kitchener Farmers’ Market (lower market hall & produce areas) remains open on Saturdays as an essential service
  • Parks are still open; however, most outdoor amenities are closed
  • Kitchener Public Library branches are closed. Curbside holds pick-up will continue.

This page is updated regularly. Click the green button at the right side of the page to get updates as soon as they’re posted.

For more information, call us 24/7 at 519-741-2345. For Region of Waterloo or Public Health information, call 519-575-4400. 

Thank you for doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Kitchener and Waterloo Region.

Frequently asked questions

Why do I have to wear a face covering in public?

Region of Waterloo bylaws require the wearing of masks on transit and in enclosed public places such as shopping malls and retail shops, restaurants, museums, grocery stores and more.

These by-laws are another tool to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Learn more about the face covering by-law in Waterloo Region.

What does physical distancing mean?

Physical distancing means staying at least two-metres or six-feet away from other people to help reduce the spread of the virus.

Learn more about ways to stop the spread.

What are the gathering limits?

Limits for all organized public events and social gatherings:

  • 5 people indoors and outdoors with only members of your household

What else can I do to protect myself?

Staying home, limiting the number of visitors in your home, covering your coughs and sneezes, washing your hands and downloading the COVID Alert app are other ways to protect yourself.

Learn more about protecting yourself from COVID-19.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve around the world and in our local community, the health and wellbeing of Kitchener residents remains our top priority.