Toronto to Reopen Community Centres and Indoor Pools on July 20


Credit: City of Toronto

The city of Toronto is reopening community centres, recreation centres and indoor pools on Monday, July 20.

A total of 119 community and recreation centres, including 29 locations with indoor pools for drop-in lane and leisure swimming will reopen next week. The city will be reducing the capacity of indoor pools by 25 per cent with swim sessions limited to 45-minutes.

Lounges, meeting and multi-purpose rooms, computer labs and washrooms will be open in community recreation centres.

As Toronto remains in Stage 2, gymnasiums, fitness or active areas (including walking tracks), kitchens and studios, saunas and whirlpools will not be available.

Though community centres are reopening, indoor sports, fitness and wellness activities, singing and dancing programs as well as food preparation, distribution or dining activities where equipment or supplies are passed or shared amongst participants will not be allowed or offred. This includes activities like card games, chess or dominoes. The city says that some of these amenities and activities will resume when Toronto reaches Stage 3 of reopening.

The city will screen visitors upon entry and will be asked for contact information for contact tracing, should it be required.

Other safety measures include line management and barriers at service counters. Masks or cloth face-covering are required for visitors.

The city is also limiting recreation centre capacities, with a maximum of ten people will be permitted in any community room. As the city is holding summer camps (CampTO) at select community centres, there will be limitations and restrictions on access and use during camp hours, including drop-off and pick-up periods, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at those centres.



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