As Guelph Police Services works with the Kovach family to prepare for Constable Kovach’s public funeral to celebrate and remember her life, the City of Guelph advises of impacts on traffic, transit and parking.
The City will continue providing updates as details about the event become available.
Update: Wednesday, March 20 at 4:30 p.m.
The City is waving daily parking fees for all downtown lots and parkades from 8 a.m. to 6 pm. on Thursday, March 21. Daily parking is always free after 6 p.m.
Unless otherwise posted, cars parked on downtown streets between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Thursday, March 21 will be towed in preparation for the funeral service. View more on-street parking restrictions below.
Road Closures – updated
Fountain, Farquhar, and Freshfield Streets will be closed between Gordon and Wyndham streets
Surrey Street will be closed between Gordon and Wyndham streets (Greyhound buses excepted).
View a full list of all road closures below
Moment of Silence
At 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, all City facilities will observe two minutes of silence in honour of Constable Jennifer Kovach.
Greyhound Bus Service
From start of service tomorrow morning, Greyhound passengers can board on the south side of Surrey Street near the intersection of Wyndham Street. Surrey Street is closed to all other traffic.
Bus drivers wearing blue ribbons
Amalgamated Transit Union members will wear blue ribbons tomorrow in honour of Constable Jennifer Kovach.
Update: Wednesday, March 20 at 11 a.m.
Public inquiry line 519-822-2222
Residents and visitors with questions about the funeral service are asked to call the public inquiry line at 519-822-2222. The public inquiry line will be available today and tomorrow, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Live coverage on Rogers TV
Rogers TV cable 20, will provide live coverage of the public funeral for Guelph Police Constable Jennifer Kovach Thursday, March 21 beginning at 11 a.m. Coverage will be repeated same-day at 8 p.m. The broadcast will also air on Rogers TV stations across Ontario. For broadcast times in other communities, please visit rogerstv.com.
Travel and Parking on Thursday, March 21
Thursday, will be a difficult day for travelling in and around downtown so please give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination.
In addition to road closures announced yesterday, Surrey Street will be closed between Gordon Street and Neeve Street. See a full list of road closures below. Please note that cars found parked on closed streets will be towed.
Your patience is appreciated as some disruptions to Guelph Transit are expected.
Businesses requiring access for their staff between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. are asked to call 519-822-1260 x 2254 before 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday to make alternate parking arrangements.
Vehicles parked on Woolwich Street between Eramosa Road and Macdonnell Street will not be able to exit the area until after 2:30 p.m.
If possible, business owners are asked to reschedule any deliveries to arrive after 2:30 p.m.
Update: Monday, March 18, 5p.m.
Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20
2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
The Gilbert MacIntyre and Son Funeral Home
1099 Gordon Street, Guelph
Funeral Procession and Service
Thursday, March 21
At 10 a.m. the procession will begin at Police Headquarters at 15 Wyndham Street South and proceed north on Wyndham to Trafalgar Square, then south on Woolwich to the Sleeman Centre. The Service will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Sleeman Centre, 50 Woolwich Street, Guelph.
Traffic – Please Drive Carefully
Higher than normal traffic volumes are expected in the south end of the city as visitation takes place over the next few days. Drivers may also experience traffic congestion downtown on Thursday, March 21.
Downtown Road Closures and Maintenance
The morning of Thursday, March 21, sections of Woolwich and Wyndham streets will be closed to through traffic and parking will not be permitted. Access to businesses will be maintained until about 9 a.m., and roads will re-open mid-afternoon.
- Woolwich Street will be closed between Macdonell Street and the intersection of Woolwich, Wyndham and Eramosa Roads (Trafalgar Square).
- Wyndham Street will be closed between Fountain Street and the intersection of Woolwich, Wyndham and Eramosa Roads (Trafalgar Square).
- Fountain, Farquhar, and Freshfield Streets will be closed.
- Surrey Street will be closed between Gordon Street and Neeve Street.
Downtown road and sidewalk maintenance activities on Wyndham, Douglas, Woolwich and Macdonell streets will take place from 3-7 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 21
The Fountain Street and Farmers’ Market parking lots will be closed.
Parking will not be permitted on Fountain Street (east of Wyndham), Neeve Street, Surrey Street, Farquhar (between Wyndham and Gordon), Freshfield (from Fountain to the north limit.) Cars found parked on closed roads will be towed.
Sleeman Centre bookings
Facility rentals are cancelled from Tuesday, March 19 at 5:30 p.m. until Saturday, March 23 at 6 a.m.
For more information
T 519-822-1260 x 2610