The City of Calgary will reopen four aquatic and fitness centres on Friday that have been closed for months due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Gyms and fitness facilities were included in the second stage of Alberta’s relaunch strategy, and several recreational facilities in Calgary have already reopened.
However, city officials had originally suggested the four aquatic and fitness centres listed above wouldn’t be able to reopen until July 20.
“Customers will notice some changes, but it’s all designed to put the safety of users and staff first while creating a positive experience for everyone,” Michelle Tait, superintendent of operations with Calgary Recreation, said.
Provincial guideless outlined in Stage 2 of Alberta’s relaunch strategy will be in place at all four of the facilities, which means hot tubs, whirlpools and steam rooms will remain closed as those amenities are included in Stage 3 of the provincial relaunch.
The City of Calgary says change rooms and showers will be available with social-distancing restrictions in place and warns attendees will be required to shower before entering any pools.
Swimmers will be required to bring their own equipment, including flutter boards, life-jackets and flippers. Life-jackets, however, will be provided for family swim participants, if required, and will be sanitized after each use. Snorkels are not permitted.
All four aquatic and recreation facilities will be open from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekends.
Before visiting one of the facilities, customers are required to make an appointment online at calgary.ca/dropin.
Online appointments can be made seven days in advance and are based on availability.
Appointments are limited to a maximum of 60 minutes.
The City of Calgary said Thursday some more aquatic and fitness centres are anticipated to reopen in mid-August with a focus on getting one open in the city’s northwest. The remaining facilities are expected to reopen in the fall.View link »