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City facilities looking at late-summer re-openings

As the province slowly moves to re-open, the city is also looking at how, and when, civic facilities may be allowed to re-open.

Adam Davey, Director of Community Services and Public Safety for the city, will present a report to council tonight on possible re-opening of city facilities. Everything, however, is subject to change.

Aquatics: The Aquatic Centre is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, September 8, under a modified schedule and operations. Details will be publicly communicated in August that outline the specifics around reopening. It appears that swimming lessons, close-contact programs and sports may not be allowed until Phase 4. As such, the Four Seasons Leisure Pool will remain closed until further notice. The Aquatics Centre is undergoing a sand filtration system replacement in July.

Arenas: Kin Centre 2 and Kin Centre 3 are tentatively scheduled to reopen in early August to accommodate a number of hockey and figure skating training camps (provided the province be in ‘Phase 3’ and the local sport organizations have completed the necessary regulatory steps). Activities are required to adhere to provincial restrictions, which include physical distancing and a maximum number of participants on the ice during the same time.

The reopening date for Kin Centre 1 and the CN Centre may occur in early September, driven by user demand. It is unknown what the overall ice user demand will look like for the 2020/21 season. Based upon the city’s financial and operational restraints, it is unlikely that all six sheets of ice will be utilized. Communications with the city’s various ice user groups will be ongoing throughout the reopening process.

Conference and Civic Centre (PGCCC): The PGCCC is tentatively scheduled to reopen in August dependent upon user group demand. Under provincial restrictions, gatherings will be limited to 50 people. Safety plans may be required for all user groups, in addition to further insurance requirements. Details are not clear on this yet. Large gatherings and conferences will not occur prior to Phase 4. The PGCCC, similar to the Aquatic Centre and the arenas, will operate under modifications in order to meet provincial restrictions. Revenue and cost-recovery rates are expected to be significantly reduced across all facilities. Under modified operations, the city’s service delivery model is going to look much different.

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