Some people wonder what to do if they ‘may have been exposed’ to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

You may hear after spending time in an activity group that someone tested positive on a home antigen test. If you may have been exposed to someone who tested positive, the province recommends these steps:

  • monitor for symptoms for 10 days; and,
  • wear a mask for 10 days after last exposure if leaving home; then,
  • if symptomatic self-isolate immediately for 5 days (if vaccinated), or 10 days (if not vaccinated); and get tested if qualified.

    Here is a helpful flow chart, and more details on what to do:

    Here are some places to pick up free rapid tests:

    Advice for Activity Groups

    While there is no provincial requirement to do contact tracing, we recommend if you test positive after meeting in an activity group that you inform the group leader. Group leaders would reasonably want to contact the group members to advise they may have been a close contact with “a member who tested positive”, without sharing personal information, so each person can follow the recommended steps.  

    More information can be found on our COVID-19 page.


    GWSA is guided by the requirements of the province, WDG Public Health, and the City of Guelph.

    In March, the province removed the general compliance rules on masking, physical distancing, and screening. Many of our members continue to wear masks. We ask that everyone respect individual decisions around comfort and safety. Seniors have greater risks from COVID-19 infection, and the decision of whether to wear a mask is a personal one.

    -Masks are optional in City of Guelph recreation centres including the Evergreen Centre.

    -Proof of vaccination is no longer required in City of Guelph recreation centres, including the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre and West End Community Centre.

    -Room capacities have returned to normal. This allows the GWSA to increase the numbers our activities and events can accommodate.

    Regulations still mandate masking in specific locations which include public transit, hospitals and health care clinics, long-term care and retirement homes, specified residential care facilities and congregate care settings, laboratories and homeless shelters.

    Effective April 11, 2022:

    With the sixth wave upon us, the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health is strongly recommending people to:

    -wear a well-fitted  three-layer mask or medical mask (such as N95) when indoors;

    -keep immunizations up-to-date, including the second booster shot now available to those over 60;

    -monitor daily for symptoms and test with free rapid tests or PCR tests as needed; and

    -be aware if they qualify for antiviral medications, which are available at no cost and are most effective when taken promptly after infection.

    Check the GWSA website for our most current information.