SPECIAL EDITION 2
Waterloo still strong and still connected.
In our last message, we shared ideas and resources. We will continue to do so throughout this time.

Many of our hearts have been warmed by chalk the walk, silly face (and other) neighbourhood scavenger hunts, neighbourhood bingo initiatives and more.

If you have ideas for resources to share or shareable stories of kindness, please send them to: neighbourhoods@waterloo.ca
Neighbourhood playgrounds are closed
All playgrounds across Waterloo Region have been closed. There is scientific evidence that COVID-19 can survive on various material surfaces, especially metal, for several days. If you are accessing any park space, please do not touch the amenities.

Transportation option
Waterloo Taxi is offering free rides to seniors and persons living with disabilities going to/from pharmacies/grocery stores 6:30-8:00am. Call 519-888-7777 for details.
Waste Collection
Curbside waste collection continues to operate on the regular schedule. The Region of Waterloo is asking residents to help by:
  • Using liner bags (either paper or certified compostable plastic) in the green bin.
  • Putting all garbage in garbage bags, not loose in garbage cans.
  • Placing any item that have come into contact with your mouth, nose or eyes into the garbage, if you are sick.
  • In the Containers Only blue box, do not put items in bags
  • Noting yard waste collection is postponed until further notice and bulky item collection will be cancelled starting March 30, 2020 until further notice.
  • Remembering all waste facilities are closed to the public up to and including April 5, 2020.

City programs for seniors
The grocery shopping and telephone reassurance programs continue to operate by staff. To inquire about these programs call 519-579-6930.
Mental health wellness tips for time at home
Figure out what’s in your control, focus on that:
  • Develop a routine you can stick to
  • Get fresh air at least once a day
  • Keep active/create time for movement each day
  • Reach out to others daily
  • Stay hydrated and eat well
  •  Gather self-care items that bring you comfort
  • Lower your personal expectations
  • Start a long-term project
  • Find a source of inspiration each day
  • Remind yourself daily that this is temporary
Resources:
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