COVID-19: Winnipeg outdoor pools set to reopen, hundreds of staff returning to work, city says

Winnipeg's city-owned outdoor pools and wading pools are set to start reopening next week. Getty Images

As COVID-19 restrictions begin to loosen up and the weather continues to get warmer, Winnipeg is set to start reopening outdoor pools next week.

The first pools to reopen willl include Kildonan Park Outdoor Pool, Transcona Aquatic Park, St. Vital Outdoor Pool and Westdale Outdoor Pool June 25, the city said Wednesday, followed by the all remaining outdoor pools June 28.

The city says wading pools will begin opening July 1, in accordance with public health orders at the time.

Some 360 community services department staff members are being recalled after being temporarily redeployed or laid off because of the pandemic, the city added.

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Pre-registration for outdoor pools begins in the afternoon of Monday with reduced capacity following public health orders.

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Gatherings of more than five people are prohibited and residents are expected to follow all COVID-19 guidelines, such as social distancing and staying home if experiencing any symptoms.

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Lockers will not be available and there will be limited use of change rooms, washrooms and showers, so swimmers must come prepared to swim ahead of time.

Winnipeggers are encouraged to book swim blocks in advance because there is no guarantee of drop-in admissions upon arrival due to capacity restrictions.

Available swim blocks will be offered on a week-by-week basis and reservations can be made up to 10 p.m. the day before the pre-reserved time.

For more information on schedules, locations and admission, you can visit the city’s website.

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