Select recreation facilities to reopen starting August 4

(Barrie, ON) Select City of Barrie recreation facilities will reopen to the public for some recreational activities starting Tuesday, August 4. Facilities have been closed for public recreational activities since March to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

On July 17, Simcoe Muskoka moved intoStage 3 of the Framework for Reopening the Province. 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 Framework for Reopening the Province 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.

The following facilities are scheduled to reopen in the coming weeks:On August 4, both theAllandale Recreation Centre and theHolly 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 atplay.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 re-opened, all recreational memberships will be suspended without charge.Sadlon Arena is scheduled to reopen August 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.

Other City recreation facilities are scheduled to open for select public activities in the coming months:

TheEast Bayfield Community Centre is scheduled to reopen after September 8The City'sFive Points Theatre and Georgian Theatre will remain closed until January 2021

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. 

More information about the reopening of the rest of the City's recreation and community facilities will be shared as it become available, including rates and fee schedules for recPASS holders. The City continues to follow Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit guidelines pertaining to the reopening of facilities.

For more information on the City's recreation facilities and programs, visitbarrie.ca/recreation. Visitbarrie.ca/services to confirm the current status of city services. 

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Media Contact
Melanie Rumley
Communications Advisor
The City of Barrie
(705) 739-4220 ext. 4578
melanie.rumley@barrie.ca