City employee assaulted at Market Square wading pool

Guelph Police investigating man who intentionally coughed in a City employee’s face

Guelph, Ont., June 29, 2020 – A City of Guelph employee is being tested for COVID-19 after a man intentionally coughed in their face at the Market Square wading pool yesterday.

The employee is self-isolating, away from their children and family, awaiting test results.

Guelph Police are investigating the incident and hope to identify the man. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Constable Carson Skipper at 519-824-1212 extension 7283, [email protected], leave an anonymous tip at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit an anonymous tip online at

No one should feel unsafe at work

Please be kind as our teams work to restore City programs and services with COVID-19 guidelines in place.

Following COVID-19 guidelines from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health protects you, your families, our employees and our community.

Guelph is still under a state of emergency, and COVID-19 is still spreading in our community.

Most people at the wading pool followed the guidelines and several thanked our employees for their service.

We hope this was an isolated incident.

Protecting people as we reopen facilities

The City and our employees want the same things as most of our citizens; to resume services and enjoy public spaces safely.

The City is increasing security and monitoring the Market Square wading pool and Lyon Leisure pool through next weekend. Behaviour that deliberately compromises the health and safety of employees and/or patrons will force us to reconsider opening pools and recreation facilities.

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Stacey Hare
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