Beginning Tuesday, Mar. 1, the City of Kitchener will make changes at City facilities to align with provincial changes to COVID-19 restrictions. Proof of vaccination will no longer be required to enter city facilities and indoor capacity limits will be lifted. Masks will still be required in all indoor city settings.

“The last two years have been challenging for all of us and like many of you, I’m relieved that our community is gradually beginning to return to a new normal,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “Thank you for all of your efforts and sacrifices over the past two years as we have looked out for each other. As things open up more, we need to proceed cautiously and continue to follow current public health advice, as we return to fully participating in the many wonderful events and activities this city has to offer. Please continue to support local and most of all, be kind to one another as we all adjust to these latest changes.”

The following changes will be put in place at City facilities beginning March 1:

Kitchener City Hall

  • Kitchener City Hall remains open between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Appointments are encouraged for guaranteed service, but walk-ins are welcome. For a list of services and to book an appointment visit www.kitchener.ca/bookappointment or call the corporate contact centre at 519-741-2345.
  • The parking garage at City Hall will be open Monday – Friday from 6:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., and Saturday – Sunday from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Arenas, pools and community centres

  • City arenas, pools and community centres are open, but patrons no longer need to show proof of vaccination.
  • Special events scheduled at the Aud will resume without capacity limits. Visit www.theaud.ca for more information about ticketed special events and updated box office hours. Food and drink will now be available throughout the facility.
  • Current registered winter programming at community centres will continue with COVID-19 capacity limits until the end of the winter session.  As of March 1, capacity limits will be lifted for new registered and drop-in programs.
  • Aquatics programming will be increasing pool capacity limits for lane swim, public swim, etc. 
  • Lyle S Hallman track at Activa Sportplex will be open for use Mon. - Sun., 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Programming pre-registration will continue.

Kitchener Market

  • The Kitchener Market will be expanding the Saturday market to full capacity. Indoor dining at the Kitchener Market food hall will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays at full capacity. For details visit www.kitchenermarket.ca.

Events

  • Event capacity limits will be lifted at indoor and outdoor event venues.
  • Weddings, funerals, services, rites, or ceremonies will increase to full capacity.
  • Event pre-registration will continue.

Libraries

  • Kitchener Public Library locations are open Monday – Saturday with services and hours varying by location. For more information visit https://kpl.org/hours

Some third-party program providers and sports organizations may require proof of vaccination. Be sure to check with program providers and sports organizations beforehand.

The City remains committed to keeping patrons, visitors, and staff safe through enhanced cleaning and disinfection, regular maintenance of ventilation systems and air filter replacement, and asking staff and patrons to follow all current public health guidance related to screening and wearing masks. For more information, visit www.kitchener.ca/safetyplan.

The City’s employee vaccine policy will remain in place for the time being.

To learn more about city programs and city services visit, www.kitchener.ca/COVID19.

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For more information:
Shawn Falcao
Manager, Corporate Communications
shawn.falcao@kitchener.ca