Based on updated provincial directions around COVID-19, Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang (right), Region of Waterloo Public Health’s Acting Medical Officer of Health, has recommended an increased emphasis on social distancing in order to slow the spread of the virus within the community.
In response, the Region is making significant changes to services and programming, effective immediately. These changes will remain in effect until April 5, and will be evaluated for potential extension beyond that date.
Child care centres
The Region of Waterloo’s five directly operated child care centres will be closed until April 5, 2020.
The Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum, Joseph Schneider Haus and McDougall Cottage with be closed to the public effective Monday, March 16. This includes all March break camps.
Region of Waterloo Library branches
All Region of Waterloo Library branches will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. This includes all Library programming.
Grand River Transit
All GRT buses, MobilityPLUS and ION trains will continue running on a regular schedule until further notice. Schedules may be adjusted depending on needs.
Only essential visitors will be allowed at Sunnyside Home, the Region’s long-term care facility. This will remain until further notice.
Garbage and recycling collection will remain unchanged.
All emergency services including Paramedic Service and critical regional and municipal services will continue.
“These are challenging times for our community and the decisions we have made may have significant impact on those we serve,” said Regional Chair Karen Redman. “We don’t make these decisions lightly but we believe these decisions are in the best interest of our communities, and our collective health.”