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Burlington Recreation reopening plans

 

Burlington Recreation reopening plans

John Best

Moving to the Red Zone of COVID restrictions means the City of Burlington is ready  to slowly and safely re-open City recreation facilitiesg. Facilities and programs will start to re-open with a phased approach starting the week of Feb. 16. Not all programs and facilities will be opened immediately as re-staffing and facility preparation is underway.

All Adult Virtual Fitness, Learning and Music Registered Programs already running until March 26 will continue as is with no change at this time until the spring session begins.

Drop-in skating, lap swims, recreation swims and Aquatic Fitness will start to re-open this week and programs and locations will increase over the next two weeks. All programs can be viewed and registered for at burlington.ca/recreation.

Restrictions remain in place

Restrictions for City facilities and recreation as a result of moving in the Red (Control) Phase in the Province’s COVID-19 framework include:

•             10 people maximum for indoor programs such as ice pads, gymnasiums, etc.

•             25 people maximum for outdoor programs

•             Drop-in recreation programs will have a maximum capacity of 10 people, this includes skating and Aquatic Fitness

•             Pool capacities for drop-in recreational swimming and lap swims will be reduced to ensure physical distancing can be maintained

•             Bistro Express Curbside Pickup will again be accepting phone orders and providing nutritious home-style cooking for reheating at home. Pickup at Seniors Centre Main Entrance. Tap payment only accepted

•             In-person instruction, including Learn to Swim and Aquatic Leadership courses will have a maximum capacity of 10 people

•             Indoor pickleball activities are cancelled. Outdoor pickleball is available in Optimist and Leighland parks, weather permitting

•             No spectators permitted at sports and recreational fitness facilities except for parent/guardian supervision of children

These restrictions will impact program providers in the following ways:

•             For all team sports, indoor and outdoor game-play is not permitted

•             Teams in City facilities and on City fields can adjust their programming to training and skill development with a maximum of 10 people indoors, up to two coaches and 25 people outdoors. Program participants are encouraged to reach out to their organization for additional information

•             If you are a participant in a non-City program or team sport, please connect with your organization to understand how this may impact you

•             No spectators permitted at sports and recreational fitness facilities except for parent/guardian supervision of children

•             Parents/guardian must maintain 3-meter distance while in facilities

•             No contact permitted for team or individual sports

•             Limit duration of stay in a City facility or on City fields to 90 minutes (does not apply to sports)

•             Require active screening, contact information and attendance for all patrons

•             No live performances. Performing arts rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event permitted

•             Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or other impermeable barrier

Existing restrictions that will remain for City facilities indoor and outdoor recreation include:

•             Physical distancing

•             Mandatory face coverings

•             Mandatory health pre-screening, pre-registration and online payment

•             Mandatory masks while waiting in line outdoors

Anyone with questions should follow-up with their sport provider or user group or you can call Recreation, Community and Culture’s Customer service at 905-335-7738.

Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation, Community and Culture

“We’re cautiously optimistic for the safe, phased-in re-opening of our recreation programming. Staff are excited to welcome people back. Our COVID prevention measures are in place and it is expected that all participants and staff will uphold those practices. The more we work together, the more programs and services we can bring back to Burlington.”

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