The City of Kitchener will gradually reopen its doors, based on phased reopening and direction from the Province of Ontario & Waterloo Region.
The recovery plan will focus on the following:
- Meeting the needs of the community by providing valued programs and services to business and residents,
- ensuring the health and safety of City employees and members of the community,
- contributing to community and global efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, and
- minimizing the City’s projected 2020 financial deficit.
“We know many residents are anxious to get back to their everyday activities, and the City of Kitchener is committed to doing our part to make that happen – even if it has to happen gradually,” explains Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “When we receive direction from the provincial government and our local public health officials that restrictions are being eased, this framework will enable the City to move as quickly as possible to reopen our valued recreation facilities and resume our important programs and services we offer in a prioritized and sequential manner – but we will only do so when it can be done safely.”
In order to reopen safely, each City facility that was closed, as well as the services, programs, and events that were paused, will require group size restrictions to be lifted, customized plans for reopening safely, time for staff to implement new reopening plans, and in some cases, funding for new safety measures. “Reopening City facilities and resuming our programs, services and events safely is going to take time, but residents can be assured that the City is already putting the plans and resources in place to ensure our reopening can happen as quickly as possible,” said Dan Chapman, Kitchener’s Chief Administrator Officer.