City not opening recreation facilities on February 8

Phase 1 of the Provincial Government re-opening plan starts Monday, February 8 but no changes to City operations are planned to coincide with this phase. The tight restrictions mean very few customers would be served under the existing restrictions.

Phase 1 Restrictions:

   •  No sports games, competitions, team practice, league play or group exercise of any kind is allowed.

   •  One-on-one training is permitted.

   •  Trainers must be professional, certified and/or paid trainers who are providing active instruction and correction. Passive supervision of a physical activity is not considered training.

   •  Only one-on-one or one-on-one household training (one professional trainer with two members of one household) is permitted for indoor fitness activities (e.g. fitness in dance studios, figure skating, one-on-one lessons).

   •  Sessions have to be scheduled or by appointment. No drop-in or groups allowed.

“Given the tight restrictions for Phase 1 with only one on one sessions allowed, the City has no plan to reopen our recreation facilities on February 8. The financial implications don’t make sense for taxpayers as the cost to open would far exceed any revenue that could be collected,” explained Heather Cowie, General Manager of Community and Protective Services.

“We are not opening for Phase I but in the meantime, we want to work with our user groups to discuss what may be possible for Phase II, including opening facilities for drop in use and bookings,” explained Diane Yanch, Director of Culture and Recreation. “We have received many phone calls already and we know how much the community wants to return to their activities. We just have to weigh that with the Health Orders to decide how and when can re-open.”