St. Catharines shuts down nearly every city facility


Published January 4, 2022 at 3:50 pm

With Omicron cases on the rise, St. Catharines already has a region-leading 1,263 active cases in its community. To that end, as of tomorrow (January 5), nearly all city facilities will be shut down to the public. The city has not yet suggested any reopening dates.

“The new variant poses a very real threat, especially to those who are unvaccinated, so we are working with our partners at the Province to protect our community members and ensure that should they need a hospital bed, it is there for them, and that our dedicated workers can be ready, every day, to deliver the essential City services we all rely on,” said City CAO David Oakes.

Among the closures are:

  • City Hall – closed to the public, remote service delivery continues
  • St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre – closed to the public.
  • Arenas – closed to the public
  • Community Centres (Russell Avenue and Port Weller) – closed to the public
  • Older Adult Centres – closed to the public
  • St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre – closed to the public (Contact [email protected] to request refunds)
  • Recreational and Older Adult Programming – in-person programming cancelled until further notice

The City will continue to deliver virtual programming and connecting with older adults via phone.

However, the downtown Farmers Market will remain open Saturdays, 7 am to 1 pm and Thursdays from 8 am to 2 pm with enhanced safety measures such as reduced capacity, increased facility monitors will be onsite to manage lines and, of course, masks are required.

For more information on COVID-19 impacts to City facilities and services, visit

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