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Coronavirus: Guelph’s camps, programs, events cancelled until September

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The City of Guelph, Ont., says it has cancelled all programs, performances and events at city-run facilities until September due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Recreation centres, libraries, museums and theatres remain closed in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

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“If provincial emergency orders change or we get updated advice from local health officials, we may be able to offer some in-person programs and events before September,” deputy CAO Colleen Clack said in a statement.

Clack added that the city will be refunding any fees it has collected.

Anyone who has registered for programs or classes, rented a sports field or the city’s amusement rides, booked a picnic shelter or reserved any other recreation facility before Sept. 8 will receive a refund.

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Residents with a three or 12-month fitness or recreation membership will have it extended to be used when the facilities reopen. No one will be charged while the facility is closed.

The River Run Theatre will be contacting ticket holders about updated schedules and refunds.

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“We know how much kids, families and visitors love summertime in Guelph. We’re disappointed too, but we know these measures are necessary to protect our community’s health and safety,” Clack said.

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The city’s parks, trails, sports fields, tennis and basketball courts along with the Silvercreek Skate Park are open for casual use, meaning sports teams are not allowed to play.

Playgrounds, splash pads, wading pools, public washrooms and the Lyon Pool remain closed.

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