The City of Kitchener is set to reopen city facilities cautiously and gradually in alignment with new provincial direction. With key public health and health care indicators starting to show signs of improvement, the Ontario government has released details of steps to gradually ease public health measures, starting on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022.

“Thank you to everyone who has done their part to keep our community safe during this latest wave of COVID-19!  Like you, I’m thrilled that we can once again offer our valued programming like swimming, sports and seniors’ programs through a planned and safe re-opening of City facilities,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “I know we are all anxious to get back to our regular activities, but we need to proceed cautiously and continue to work together to maintain the important public health measures that will keep us all safe.”

Closely monitoring public health and health care indicators, Ontario is expected to follow a phased approach to lifting public health measures, with 21 days between each step for the next few months.

For Kitchener residents, this means beginning Monday, Jan. 31 social gathering limits will be increased to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. In addition, the following changes will be put in place at City facilities:

Kitchener City Hall

  • Kitchener City Hall remains open and in-person appointments can be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. 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.

Arenas, indoor fields, community centres, and pools

  • Beginning Monday, Jan. 31, City arenas will reopen for ice bookings.
  • Budd Park will reopen Monday, Jan. 31 for indoor field bookings.
  • Special events scheduled after Monday, Jan. 31, at the Aud will resume with up to 500 spectators. Visit www.theaud.ca for more information about ticketed special events and updated box office hours.
  • City community centres will reopen on Monday, Jan. 31.
  • Outdoor facilities will remain open with the number of spectators not to exceed 50 per cent occupancy and other requirements.
  • Outdoor winter rinks across the city remain open as well as synthetic rinks at the Kitchener Market and 44 Gaukel St. Please follow posted signage for safety measures. For more information visit www.kitchener.ca/skating.
  • Indoor City pools will reopen for public programming on Monday, Feb. 7.

Kitchener Market

  • The Kitchener Market remains open for Saturday market operating at 50 per cent capacity.
  • Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 1, indoor dining at the Kitchener Market food hall will reopen Tuesdays through Saturdays at 50 per cent capacity. Proof of vaccine is required. For details visit www.kitchenermarket.ca.

Libraries

  • Kitchener Public Library branches remain open at 50 per cent capacity. Operating hours at all locations remain Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on Sundays. For more information visit www.kpl.org.   

Enhanced proof of vaccination, and other requirements continue to apply in indoor settings.

For more information on the impact on city programs and services visit www.kitchener.ca/COVID19.

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