After three months, swimmers can finally dive back into the pools at four Calgary aquatic and fitness centers.
On March 14, the City of Calgary declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19, which meant the closure of most city-run facilities.
On July 9, the city announced the reopening of four rec centers including, Bob Bahan Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Canyon Meadows Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Glenmore Aquatic Centre and Killarney Aquatic & Recreation Centre.
As of 6 a.m. on July 10, the centres are open to the public, but there are lot’s of guidelines visitors must follow.
Same facilities, new rules
Physical distancing must be adhered to at all times both in the pool and in the fitness areas.
The pools are open as usual for all types of swimming, including lane swimming, family swimming and self-led exercising. There is, however, a limit on how many people can enter the pool at once.
Swimmers are required to bring their own equipment including life jackets, flutter boards, flippers etc.
The four locations 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.
Visitors must make appointments prior to entering the centres to ensure a limited capacity.
Appointments can be made up to seven days in advance by going to City of Calgary.
Swimmers will have up to 60 minutes in the pool.
More reopenings to come
Michelle Tait, superintendent of operations with Calgary Recreation, said staff are eager to welcome customers back to the facilities.
“Our commitment to helping Calgarians stay active and safe is as strong as ever,” she said.
“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. We encourage everyone to read through the safety guidelines online and make an appointment through our website before coming to visit us.”
The city may open more aquatic & fitness centres in mid-August. Final decisions and timelines are dependent on COVID-19.