After being closed for five months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Aquatic Centre will re-open on Tuesday, September 8.
Similar to the recently re-opened Kin Arenas, the Prince George Aquatic Centre will be re-opened with enhanced safety protocols to help protect visitors and staff from COVID-19. However, in order to ensure that the number of people in the facility remains below 50 per provincial health order, visitors to the facility must book their swim times online at www.princegeorge.ca/aquatics. Online registration begins on Monday, August 31. Residents who may be uncomfortable with online registrations can simply call the Aquatic Centre to book their time starting Tuesday, September 8. Phone number: (250) 561-7787.
In order to register, patrons must visit the web page, browse the schedule, and select a swim session. Visitors to the site will also have to create a user profile ahead of time that lists family members who may wish to sign up for future swim times. Visitors must bring a printed copy of the admission pass or else display it on their cell phone at the entrance in order to be admitted to the facility.
Due to the pandemic, aquatic programs, such as swimming lessons and aquafit classes are cancelled until further notice. However, the leisure pool, main pool with swim lanes, lazy river, and hot tub will be open. Admissions must be paid in full at the time of registration. Twenty-four hours’ notice is required for cancellation to receive account credit.
New rules in place for pool visitations
Aquatics staff have prepared the Centre to operate during the unique circumstances presented by COVID-19. For example, the facilities must be operated according to the requirements of the Province of BC and the Provincial Health Officer, the BC Centre for Disease Control, WorkSafe BC, the BC Lifesaving Society as well as the City’s own COVID-19 Safety Plan. The City has created a safety plan specifically for Aquatics that outlines critical information on the use of the facilities in ways that help to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 amongst participants and staff.
The Prince George Aquatic Centre rules and procedures will include:
- Patrons must bring a face mask. Face masks are required in the corridors leading to and from the change rooms and while in the change rooms where physical distancing is limited.
- Visitors must not enter if they are sick or required to self-isolate.
- Physical distancing of two arms lengths from others (two metres) is required.
- Wash hands with soap and water prior to visiting the facility or use hand sanitizer upon entry.
- Swimmers must wear a bathing suit prior to coming to the pool to limit the time spent in the change rooms.
- Visitors must shower before and after using the pool.
- Spectators will not be permitted and the viewing area will be closed.
On July 27 council voted to re-open civic facilities concentrated in Exhibition Park, namely the Kin Arenas and the Prince George Aquatic Centre, in order to provide service to residents. In order to address millions of dollars in lost revenue due to COVID-19, council opted to keep the CN Centre, Rolling Mix Concrete Arena, Four Seasons Leisure Pool, Elksentre Arena, and the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre closed for the remainder of the year.