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Iqaluit Aquatic Centre reopens to public with COVID-19 precautions in place

The Iqaluit Aquatic Centre opened its doors again last Friday after being closed for almost four months due to COVID-19 regulations.

Patrons will need to reserve a one-hour time slot to attend

The Iqaluit Aquatic Centre re-opened on Friday, with measures including an increased cleaning schedule. (Travis Burke/CBC)

The Iqaluit Aquatic Centre opened its doors again last Friday after being closed for almost four months due to COVID-19 regulations.

The centre is opening in phases — the pool is currently open for lane swimming only and next Monday, July 20, the fitness centre will open.

Swimmers must reserve a one-hour time slot to visit the pool, with 10 people allowed in the pool at a time. There's a limit of 15 people allowed in the fitness centre when it reopens. 

Patrons can reserve online or phone the centre. The one-hour time slots gives staff time to clean between uses.

A welcome team will greet visitors, check them in, and tell them the guidelines for using the facility.

When patrons visit the Iqaluit Aquatic Centre, someone will be there to greet them and explain the COVID-19 guidelines for using the facility. (Travis Burke/CBC)

Clear plastic panels have been set up around the registration desk area and there are directional markers to help guide patrons through the facility.

"We're just trying to make sure that everyone's flow within the facility is as smooth as possible," said Rubina Hoque, guest services supervisor at the centre.

The centre also has a rigorous new cleaning schedule.

Patrons will no longer be allowed to eat or lounge in the downstairs hallway, and the sauna, hot tub, and elders centre will remain closed for the time being.

Corrections

  • A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the pool and fitness centre will each allow 64 people at a time. In fact, there's a limit of 10 people for the pool and 15 for the fitness centre.
    Jul 14, 2020 8:28 AM CT

With files from Travis Burke

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