City of Waterloo recreation in Red-Control zone

Posted On Friday February 12, 2021

With Waterloo Region moving into the Red-Control zone of the provincial response framework, the City of Waterloo will gradually re-start recreation programs, services and amenities according to the zone guidelines and protocols.

Limited recreation programming will begin on Thursday, February 18, with the staggered opening of programs, facilities and services over the following 7 to 10 days. This means some facilities, programs and services may not be immediately available. It will take some time to re-open facilities, and fully reactivate our ambassador network. Limited capacities and controlled entry will be in place, and the requirement for a pre-arrival health screening will be in effect.

The tentative schedule includes:

  • Rinks (for affiliated minor sport group rentals only) at:
    • RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex – February 18
    • Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex (WMRC) – February 19
    • Albert McCormick Community Centre – February 22
    • Moses Springer Community Centre – February 22
  • The Swimplex at the WMRC:
    • for affiliated minor sport group rentals only – February 22 
    • for Swim Leadership Training – February 20
    • for swim lessons, drop-in lane swim and waterfit – February 22
    • for public swim – February 26
    • lane swim, waterfit, and public swims will require pre-registration through ActiveWaterloo.
  • The Fieldhouses at RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex and Bechtel Park will be available for rental (by our affiliated minor sport organizations only) beginning February 22.
  • The Gymnasium at RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex will be available for rental (by our affiliated minor sport organizations only) beginning February 24.
  • The walking track at the WMRC (February 22) and walking program at RIM Park Manulife Sportplex in the Fieldhouse (February 24) will be open, with pre-registration required.
  • Pickleball will open at RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex in the Gymnasium (February 24) with pre-registration required.
  • March Break Day Camp will now be offered the week of April 12.
  • The City of Waterloo Museum will open (with limits) at 11:00 a.m. on February 23.

This schedule is subject to change.

A new protocol for program participants is the completion of the City of Waterloo Online COVID-19 Health Screening Form prior to arrival at the facilities. Minor sport group affiliates should continue to use their organization’s health screening tool, and do not need to complete an additional one through the city.

Recreation customers are reminded of the mandatory requirements while at a recreation facility or participating in a recreation program at our facilities:

  • Minimum 2 metres physical distancing.
  • Face coverings.
  • Completion of health screening form before arrival at facility.
  • Indoor capacity of 10 people per room/space. Additional coaching and training staff are permitted if physical distancing can be maintained, limited strictly to those officially rostered with the team/athletes as identified in their provincial association’s return to play protocols.
  • Change rooms (with the exception of Swimplex dressing rooms) are not open. Participants should arrive mostly dressed for their activity and are to follow the onsite directions.
  • No spectators permitted. As previously allowed, one guardian per minor aged participant is permitted. Face coverings and physical distancing for guardians are mandatory.
  • Aquatics classes are limited to 10 participants per class. If physical distancing can be maintained and total pool capacity remains below 30 per cent, more than one class may be in the pool at a time.
  • Outdoor capacity of 25 people per space, including all participants, coaches, trainers and guardians.
  • Drop-in recreation programs (pre-registration is required) have a maximum capacity of 10 people.
  • For all team sport, indoor and out, no games or scrimmages permitted.
  • Teams must adjust their programming to training and skill development only, while meeting the required maximum capacity numbers.
  • No contact permitted for team or individual sports.
  • Outdoor rink capacity of 25 people on ice, no games or scrimmages permitted.

These requirements are subject to change based on further direction and/or guidance from the Province. Program participants are reminded to Check Before you Rec for health screening and applicable program information.

Virtual programs will continue to run in the Red-Control zone, and FitPass members will receive further communication about pass extensions.

We will continue to monitor provincial regulations and announcements, and are working closely with the Region of Waterloo Public Health Unit to interpret regulations and guidelines as they are released or amended.




Media contact
Cari Van Niekerk
Manager, Corporate Communications