Burnaby reopening rec, youth centres in next few weeks

Youth centres, recreation facilities and outdoor programs in Burnaby are all set to kick back into gear in the next few weeks.

The city said opening these programs and facilities is intended to help residents stay active, which Mayor Mike Hurley described in a news release as “essential to mental and physical health.”

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“By reimagining how we deliver our programs, Burnaby residents and our staff can remain safe and healthy while enjoying the wonderful facilities in our community,” Hurley said.

But it won’t be business as usual in the programs and facilities – as with just about everything else reopening these days, the city will be imposing “enhanced health and cleaning protocols” to keep patrons and staff safe.

That includes opening with reduced capacity and providing space for participants to keep a safe physical distance – generally agreed to be two metres – from one another.

All programs and activities will also require a reservation in advance, by contacting the facility directly, so no drop-ins will be allowed. Those with reservations are also asked to arrive 10 minutes early, dressed for the activity with a pre-filled water bottle.

According to the city, the Summit, South Central and Creekside youth centres, and registered outdoor programs restarted on Monday, June 22. The Bonsor, Edmonds, Willingdon, Cameron and Eileen Dailly rec facilities and the Edmonds youth centre are set to open on June 29.

Pools, however, will remain closed in all facilities until further notice.

The city will be implementing protective measures, including installing hand sanitizer stations and plexiglass at customer service areas. Directional signs will also be available to direct the flow of foot traffic.

The city is advising residents to stay home if they are feeling sick and to practice good hygiene – including covering their cough or sneeze and regularly washing their hands – while using facilities.

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