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Recreation Updates
& Cancellations

This page contains up-to-date information re COVID-19 impacts on recreation services.

Facilities Partially Open

Allandale Recreation CentreFitness centre, pool, & ice
East Bayfield Community CentreFitness centre & pool
Holly Community CentreFitness centre & pool
Eastview ArenaIce
Maximum capacity for casual ice rentals: 25 skaters

Appointments Required

You must book an appointment online in advance to take fitness classes or use the fitness centre or pool. For ice rental opportunities please email ice.bookings@barrie.ca. Please follow all stated health and safety protocols while using these facilities.

Fees & Memberships

Regular fees apply for single visits (for fitness centre, pool or fitness class use) and recPASS memberships are available to purchase. Users that had recPASS memberships that were on hold due to COVID are able to attend the City's recreation centres to take part in activities that are currently being offered. The City is offering a grace period on existing recreation membership payments; monthly membership fees won't be charged until October. 

Showers, Washrooms & Change Rooms

Designated change spaces are available at the centres. We encourage people to come dressed for their activity as much as possible to maximize their booked time. There is one washroom open for the fitness centre and one open for the pool facilities. Change rooms and lockers are NOT available for fitness classes.

Facility rentals

Public rentals of the City’s community facilities (including Parkview, Dorian Parker, Lampman Lane and Southshore Centre) are scheduled to resume mid-October.

Frequently Asked Questions

Health & Safety
What health and safety measures has the City put in place at the recreation centres?

The City continues to follow the guidelines of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit on the safe reopening of our recreation facilities, including:

  • Mandatory masks and face coverings must be worn at all times inside the facility, except when using fitness equipment or when in the pool.
  • Hand sanitizer is provided at numerous points throughout the facility.
  • We have implemented enhanced cleaning of high-traffic public spaces.
  • Traffic flow is designated one-way and there are many signs to encourage physical distancing.
  • Change rooms or showers are not available. Please arrive at the facility already changed.
  • Staff will ask you COVID-19 screening questions prior to entry.

For Open Swims, we have new safety measures in addition to our existing admission standards:

  • Participants 14 years of age and under must be accompanied by a guardian who is a minimum of 15 years of age.
  • Each guardian may only bring a max of 4 children between the ages of 6 and 14, and a max of 2 children under 6 years of age, and must remain within the pool enclosure to ensure that physical distancing of 2 metres/6 feet is maintained throughout the swim (with the exception of those who are within your group).
  • Admission is limited to five per group.

For the Fitness/Lane Swims:

  • Appointment spaces are limited to 6 swimmers total in the large pool (one per lane) so physical distancing is possible.
  • Anyone who is 10+ can come to a Fitness/Lane swim without a guardian in the pool enclosure.
Do I have to wear a mask or face covering when I am using the fitness facilities or the indoor pool?

No. However, you will have to put on your mask or face covering when transitioning between pieces of equipment (e.g. moving from the treadmill to the bike). Masks or face coverings are also required on the pool deck before entering the water, and immediately after exiting the water.

Fitness Centre
Where can I put my mask while I am working out?

While using the fitness equipment, you can place your mask in your pocket.

What do I need to bring to my fitness appointment?

Please arrive at the facility already changed and bring your refillable water bottle and your mask. You may also bring a small bag for your belongings but change rooms and lockers will not be available at this time. If you are using the indoor pool, please bring your own PFD (if required) and a towel.

Do youth have access to the fitness centre?

Youth aged 13–17 are invited to use the fitness centre if they have completed the Smart Start Youth Orientation. The City is currently not able to offer the orientation program, however youth who do not have their Smart Start Youth Orientation are still welcome to use the indoor pool.

Will the fitness equipment be sanitized after every use?

Yes. Recreation staff will sanitize each piece of fitness equipment after every use.

Fitness Classes
When will residents and non-residents be able to book fitness classes (e.g. Zumba, etc.)?

Residents and non-residents will be able to book fitness classes at Allandale Recreation Centre, Holly Community Centre, and East Bayfield Community Centre starting September 1 by visiting play.barrie.ca.

Are all fitness classes available?

The City is looking at offering a number of different classes, but the full schedule and variety may not be available as classes are subject to instructor availability. Visit play.barrie.ca to see what classes are currently available.

What safety precautions are applicable to fitness classes?

Fitness class participants will need to follow all safety guidelines, including physical distancing guidelines/markers while in the classes. Participant numbers will capped based on capacity limits at each facility location. Masks/face coverings are not required while actively taking part in fitness classes, but are required while entering and exiting the class, and moving throughout the recreation facility.

Pool
What do I need to bring to my swim appointment?

Please arrive at the facility already changed and bring your mask. You may also bring a small bag for your belongings but change rooms and lockers will not be available at this time. If you are using the indoor pool, please bring your own PFD (if required) and a towel.

Can I bring a toy or ball to the pool for family swim?

Yes, one toy or ball per child is permitted during family swim time.

recPASS Memberships
Are the select fitness classes available September 8 included in existing recreation memberships?

Yes. Members are not limited to the number of select fitness classes they can book with their membership.

What if I had cancelled my recPASS membership in the last six months?

If you cancelled your recPASS membership during the time the Recreation Centres were closed, you will have to sign up again for a new membership. New recPASS memberships purchased starting September 8 and afterwards will be charged effective immediately.

When will new fitness memberships be available for purchase?

Residents and non-residents will be able to purchase new recreation memberships starting September 8.

How do I purchase a recPASS?

recPASS memberships can be purchased in person at Allandale Recreation Centre, East Bayfield Community Centre or Holly Community Centre.

How do I cancel my recPASS?

Members can cancel their existing fitness memberships by emailing recinfo@barrie.ca or by calling a local recreation centre.

If I don’t have a recPASS, what is the cost to use the fitness centers and pools, or to attend a fitness class?

Effective September 8, regular fees will apply for single visits (for fitness centre, pool or fitness class use).

Future Plans
When will more recreation services and facilities be opened?

Other City recreation facilities are scheduled to reopen, and additional programming will be offered in the coming weeks and months:

  • The ice facilities at Sadlon Arena, Holly Community Centre and East Bayfield Community Centre will open in October (date to be determined).
  • Some additional seniors programming is scheduled to begin in late fall. 
  • Public rentals of the City's community facilities (including Parkview, Dorian Parker, Lampman Lane and Southshore Centre) are scheduled to resume mid-October.

More information about the reopening of the remainder of the City's recreation and community facilities will be shared as it become available. Updates will be sent to media, posted to this webpage, Facebook and Twitter, and sent by e-news.

The City continues to follow the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit's guidelines on the safe reopening of facilities.​

When will open gym times and drop-in badminton, basketball, etc. times be available again?

The City is hoping to offer these options later this fall.

When will seniors centres open?

The City currently has no approximate reopening date set for the seniors centres. We want 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. Some additional seniors programming is scheduled to begin in late fall. 

As of Tuesday, September 22, 2020 10:26 AM
ProgramStatusDate & TimeLocationReason
Holly Community Centre Fitness ElevatorClosedTue, Sep 22 10:00 AMHolly C.C.Facility Issue
The elevator is out of service for mandatory servicing and is scheduled to be back in service on Monday September 28

Recreation Cancellations & Updates

Our priorities are safety and communication. Sometimes unexpected events necessitate that a program or service must be moved, postponed or cancelled outright. In those circumstances we will post the relevant information as soon as it is available. Every effort will be made to makeup the affected missed classes.

On inclement weather days, decisions about program cancellations and outdoor sports fields closures will be made by 3:00 p.m. and the information posted. We endeavor to list all current emergency or unexpected cancellations or closures for City of Barrie recreation programs, events, skating and public swimming times as well as recreation facility and outdoor sports field closures. However, we cannot guarantee that all cancellations and closures will be listed here. All City of Barrie programming may be subject to change. Please use your own best judgment to assess local road conditions before venturing out.

Contact information

For more information, please contact the Inclement Weather Hotline at (705) 739-4215 email at recreation.information@barrie.ca.


Reasons Explained

Weather
Programs: Activities may be cancelled, postponed or moved due to inclement weather. Outdoor Facilities/Sports Fields: In the event of heavy rains, the Department may close or restrict the use of outdoor facilities and sports fields if they are deemed to be unplayable.   

Instructor Availability
Instructors may have an unforeseen availability due to extenuating circumstances. Every effort will be made to reschedule any affected classes.

Facility Issue
Unforeseen circumstances may cause a facility to be unavailable or unusable. Every effort will be made to relocate and/or make up the affected classes.

Beach Closure
As a result of Health Unit orders.

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