Select indoor pools to reopen safely
Four indoor swimming pools are set to reopen with many new COVID-19 safety measures in place.
Pools at Jasper Place and Bonnie Doon Fitness and Leisure Centres as well as Clareview Community Recreation Centre will reopen Monday, July 20.
Kinsmen Sports Centre will also open its warm up/training pool for public use on July 20.
Hot amenities at these facilities, including steam rooms and hot tubs, will remain closed until Stage 3 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy. There is no timeline for implementation of Stage 3.
“We are excited to welcome Edmontonians back into our pools for swim activities, but we’re asking all visitors to learn about new safety protocols that are in place to ensure everyone’s safety,” said Shauna Graham, Acting Director of Leisure Centres and Outdoor Pools.
An important new requirement is that anyone wanting to visit one of the newly opened pools must reserve a time online prior.
Details on the reservation process are available at edmonton.ca/reccentres.
The City is implementing this change to manage the number of people within the pool areas to adhere to Alberta Health guidelines for pools.
Reservations for times at pools are now open. The City is also making a number of changes in order to follow public health guidelines, including enhancing cleaning procedures of public spaces, designating one-way traffic flows in and out of pool areas and putting up signage with new aquatic guidelines.
Lane swimming, for example, will be limited to one swimmer per lane and staff will be on hand to help with physical distancing. While we encourage Edmontonians to wear masks, Alberta Health guidance is that they cannot be worn in pools. Learn to swim programs will also resume when pools reopen, but with a new approach of one student per instructor to adhere to Alberta Health guidelines.
Registration for lessons is also open through edmonton.ca/reccentres. Information about safety measures, an interim pricing structure and what is happening with current memberships can be found at edmonton.ca/reccentres.