Five City of Edmonton rec centres to reopen this month for low-intensity fitness

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Five City of Edmonton recreation facilities will be reopening to the public this month for low-intensity group and individual fitness activities.

City manager Andre Corbould announced the phased reopening in a presentation to council’s emergency advisory committee meeting Wednesday afternoon, the first update since the province eased COVID-19 restrictions Monday.

Under the second phase of reopening, scheduled low-intensity fitness activities are now permitted and libraries can reopen to 15 per cent capacity. The five recreation centres have been closed since mid-December when the province introduced restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.

The Kinsmen Sports Centre and Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre will reopen Friday for dryland training, including yoga, pilates, walking, treadmill walking and light weight training. The city will also be relaunching one-on-one personal training opportunities within the open recreation centres.

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Swimming was considered a high-intensity activity under the province’s restrictions and as a result, no aquatic facilities will be reopening at this time, Corbould said.

“We support the province’s go-slow strategy as it maintains an appropriate level of safety for our community and relies on science to guide the pace of reopening,” he told council. “Administration welcomes the opportunity to resume our service delivery to Edmontonians and make it possible for more Edmontonians to have experiences that improve their mental health and well-being.”

Terwillegar and The Meadows recreation centres are scheduled to reopen five days later on March 10 and Clareview is set to follow on March 15.

Corbould said the city will consider reopening other facilities to accommodate demand if required.

More to come.

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