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Community centres reopen in Vancouver after COVID-19 closures

Last Updated Sep 8, 2020 at 12:02 pm PDT

(Courtesy Kerrisdale Community Centre)

The Vancouver Park Board is reopening 24 facilities Tuesday and will focus on programs for kids, teens, and seniors

While masks are not required, they are encouraged

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Community centres across Vancouver start reopening Tuesday after closing for months due to COVID-19.

Programs and services for children, youth, seniors, and food security will come first.

The Vancouver Park Board says 24 centres have opened and will be followed by a gradual reopening of eight indoor pools, eight ice rinks, and 14 fitness centres.

Indoor pools at Hillcrest, Kerrisdale, Britannia, and the Vancouver Aquatic Centre open next Monday, while another four pools will open in October.

Certain restrictions and safety protocols remain in place in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Wearing masks inside facilities is optional but encouraged.

A number of facilities have also opened in Surrey.

More than 50 Vancouver recreation facilities are expected to open in the coming weeks.