VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Get your skates sharpened and start stretching, some Vancouver ice arenas and fitness centres are getting ready to reopen in September.
Select ice rinks and indoor fitness facilities will have new COVID-19 safety measures in place when they open next month.
The Vancouver Park Board has picked 12 fitness centres to open in mid-September. Another 12 will reopen in a phased approach later in the fall. Which locations have not yet been announced.
As well, Kerrisdale, Sunset, and Trout Lake arenas are set to reopen Sept. 21, with more rinks to follow in October.
“Our facilities play an important role in supporting not only the physical health of people in our community, but also their mental well being, particularly in challenging times such as these,” Daisy Chin, director of recreation, says in a release.
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“They also provide low-barrier options which meet the needs of a wide range of residents of various ages and abilities.”
Safety measures include guidelines to promote physical distancing.
The park board is also introducing an online reservation system for visitors, with 20 per cent of spaces being reserved for drop-ins.
Patrons will be provided a code to make reservations.
Arenas will only be available for organized play by permit holders at first. Access to rinks will be expanded to the general public once health and safety precautions are in place.
Rinks and gyms were closed in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The park board continues to review the feasibility of reopening other facilities and services, including indoor pools.
“Our teams have worked hard to come up with plans to deliver the services we know Vancouverites value,” says Chin. “But we’re still navigating the realities of this pandemic, including a reduction in expected revenues. It’s important that we take time to carefully consider the long-term financial implications before committing to firm dates.”