As the city moves into step two of provincial reopening, a number of facilities, parks and recreation facilities will be open to the public with certain conditions in place.
Outdoor gatherings at city parks will increase to a capacity of 25 people, but outdoor fitness still requires three metres physical distancing between participants. Picnic areas are open on a first-come, first-served basis with a maximum seating six per table allowed, and no more than 25 people in all. Locker rooms, change rooms, showers and clubhouses at parks will remain closed.
Residents are permitted to use sports fields for games and league play without a cap on the number of participants. Teams from other regions are permitted to play in Waterloo Region. Groups are reminded to continue to follow the guidelines by their sport's governing body. Parents and spectators can attend but are reminded to maintain physical distancing.
Beginning Wednesday, portions of Queen Street East in the Hespeler core and Main Street in the Galt core will remain closed to vehicles. Sections of the former will be closed on Saturdays, whereas a section of Main Street will be closed from Wednesday throughThanksgiving weekend. Outdoor dining will be permitted for up to six people per table, with an exception for large households.
As of Sunday, the city's three outdoor pools (George Hancock, Ed Newland and Kinsmen Soper Park Pool) will be open to the public. Splash and leisure swim capacities are restricted to 25 per cent at this time. Specialty swims will be allowed with reduced capacity as three metre physical distancing is still required. Current regulations allow one swimmer per lane and a maximum of 10 participants for water exercise classes.
Residents are reminded to wear a mask while waiting in line to enter the pool.
More information regarding pre-registering and pre-screening for swims and what to expect at municipal pools this summer is available on the city's website.
Day camps, youth and senior programming commenced at community centres in July. The old post office digital light projection show will resume Thursday. Details are available on the city's website. Indoor recreation facilities will remain closed until step three of reopening.
Indoor wedding, funerals and other ceremonies are allowed at 25 per cent of the room's capacity. Outdoor weddings, funerals and ceremonies capacities are limited to a number that permits physical distancing of two metres. Up to 75 people are permitted at outdoor funeral services at cemeteries. Outdoor receptions are permitted at 25 per cent capacity in meeting or event spaces and up to 25 people for all other social gatherings. Indoor receptions are not permitted at city-owned facilities.
Essential retail stores now able to operate at 50 per cent capacity and can sell all products. Non-essential retail stores will reopen at 25 per cent capacity and can sell all products. Retail stores in the Cambridge Centre Mall now open under capacity guidelines. Cambridge Farmers' Market will continue to allow up to 32 shopper indoors and between 100 and 120 shopper outdoors.
On June 14, Service Cambridge, found on the first floor at city hall, opened for counter services. Residents are encouraged to continue to conduct as much municipal-related business as possible online or by phone.
Service Cambridge staff is available to answer service-related questions through the web portal, by phone at 519-623-1340 or via email at [email protected]. For a list of online services, visit www.cambridge.ca/covid19.