The District of Saanich is preparing to reopen recreation centres in a phased approach, beginning in the middle of July.
On July 13, Saanich is planning on reopening weight rooms at all four of its recreation centres: Saanich Commonwealth Place, G.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre, Gordon Head Recreation Centre, and Cedar Hill Recreation Centre.
Saanich residents will soon have access to more recreation services just in time for summer as the District begins to gradually reopen its four recreation centres over the coming weeks.
The District says it will be resuming ice services at G.R. Pearkes Green Arena on July 20 and, on the same day, limited aquatic programs will resume at Gordon Head. Saanich Commonwealth Place will be resuming aquatic activity on August 4.
“We are thrilled to start to welcome residents back into our world-class recreation centres,” said Mayor Fred Haynes.
“Recreation is a vital part of our community well-being. We understand that our residents can’t wait to return to the services and facilities they love. I, council and staff join them in this, albeit with understanding that there will be modifications and new safety protocols in place.”
In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19, new cleaning and safety protocols will be implemented at each location.
In addition, the number of people allowed in each centre will be controlled in order to maintain adequate physical distancing. The District of Saanich says that all services will be by reservation only, including drop-in activities.
Saanich is also asking customers to refrain from visiting any rec centres if they are feeling unwell or showing any symptoms of COVID-19.
The District closed down its facilities back on March 17 as a result of the global pandemic.