City moves to open rec centres under Stage 3 guidelines, no plans to open seniors centres yet

The City is preparing to reopen some recreational centres which have been closed due to COVID-19 measures.
Starting Tuesday, Aug. 4, facilities that have been closed since March will reopen with some restrictions related to public health and safety guidelines. arch to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
However, the City currently has no approximate reopening date set for the seniors centres, wanting to be extra vigilant about keeping seniors safe as they are a high-risk group. The City continues to offer ‘Seniors Centre Without Walls’ programming.
Here’s what the reopening schedule looks like:
• Both the Allandale Recreation Centre and the Holly Community Centre are scheduled to reopen for public use of the indoor pool and fitness facilities only. Residents and non-residents must reserve time to use the fitness centre and the pool in advance and follow all stated health and safety protocols while using these facilities. Residents and non-residents can reserve a time at play.barrie.ca starting July 28. An interim drop-in fee of $4/person will apply to pool and fitness activities. A family swim rate will also be available.
• Until recreational facilities are fully reopened, all recreational memberships will be suspended without charge.
Sadlon Arena is scheduled to reopen Aug. 24 for casual ice rentals, including the Barrie Colts. The City continues to work closely with provincial and/or national governing bodies of sport to ensure a safe return to play.
• The East Bayfield Community Centre is scheduled to reopen after Sept. 8.
• The City’s Five Points Theatre and Georgian Theatre will remain closed until January 2021.
On July 17, Simcoe Muskoka moved into Stage 3 of the Province’s reopening plan. In Stage 3, nearly all businesses and workplaces can operate while following proper public health and safety guidelines, and with size limitations, including recreation facilities. The City is currently reviewing capacity limits put forth by the Province in its Stage 3 plan and will provide more information on expanding recreation centre use to the public soon. The City will meet the requirements of Swim Canada, Swim Ontario, and the Lifesaving Society guidelines plus local health unit protocols. 
For more information on the City’s recreation facilities and programs, visit barrie.ca/recreation. Visit barrie.ca/services to confirm the current status of city services.  

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