New capacity limits affect many of the city’s facilities


The new capacity limits came into effect on Sunday at 12:01 am.

Earlier today, the province announced that high-risk indoor environments are to reduce capacity to 50% starting at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, December 19 to quell the increase in COVID-19 cases, especially the variant. Omicron.

These capacity limits apply to City Recreation Centers, Guelph Museums, the River Run Center and Guelph Public Libraries. The capacity of the Sleeman Center was reduced on December 15 following provincial ordinances, and following today’s announcement, no food or drink can be purchased at the facility.

Please be kind to the front line staff at the door and on the phone. They do everything possible to comply with provincial guidelines while providing the services that our community relies on every day.

What it means for businesses and gatherings over the holidays

Indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people while outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people. Regulatory compliance officers will enforce provincial assembly restrictions and capacity limits in restaurants, bars, personal care services, gyms, pharmacies, shopping malls, personal services and more.

The Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Department, City of Guelph and Guelph Police Department are reminding people and businesses of the importance of following provincial regulations and public health guidelines regarding gatherings to prevent the spread of the OMICRON variant which is active in the community of Guelph.

Report a concern about a gathering or business

The City continues to educate people and businesses about the restrictions and address concerns.

Set fines

  • Failure to comply with the Ontario Reopening Act $ 750
  • Obstructing any person performing any activity or duty under the Ontario Reopening Act $ 1,000

In addition to setting fines, the City is willing to issue subpoenas for individuals or business owners who willfully, blatantly or repeatedly violate the guidelines. Ontario Reopening Act.

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