With a modified Step 2 of the government’s “A Path Forward” plan in place as of March 1, the province eased restrictions for libraries, and further loosened restrictions for indoor fitness activities.
Step 1 included the reopening and easing of restrictions for restaurants, indoor fitness, and children’s sport and performance activities.
Many facilities around the city are reopening this week, so for those who have been bored at home, this offers the opportunity to get out of the house for a change of scenery (safely).
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Here’s what’s reopening in Calgary this week.
All Calgary Public Library locations
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All locations will reopen on March 10 at reduced hours. Libraries will return to their regular service hours on March 15.
Starting March 10, library users will be able to browse physical collections, use study spaces, access printing, WiFi, and copying services, and access desktop computers and Chromebooks.
YMCA facilities are currently offering private swimming lessons, one-on-one fitness training, family activities, and youth group rentals at Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton and Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge.
Starting March 8, Brookfield Residential YMCA and Shane Homes YMCA will open for drop-in fitness (weight floor, lane swimming) and expanded group fitness classes.
On March 12, all YMCA facilities (excluding South Health Campus YMCA) are reopening for drop-in fitness (weight floor, lane swimming) and expanded group fitness classes.
Bookings for appointments to use these facilities are now available.
Select City of Calgary recreation facilities
The following are currently open for bookings for one-on-one sports training, and low- and high-intensity aquatic bookings.
- Max Bell Centre: Ken Bracko and Arena #2 (two ice sheets) – 1001 Barlow Trail SE
- Father David Bauer and Norma Bush arenas (two ice sheets) – 2424 University Drive NW
- Southland Leisure Centre: Ed Whalen and Joe Kryzcka arenas (two ice sheets) – 2000 Southland Drive SW
- Optimist and George Blundun arenas (two ice sheets) – 5020 26th Avenue SW
- Stew Hendry & Henry Viney Arenas (two ice sheets) – 814 13th Avenue NE
- Calgary Soccer Centre (eight indoor artificial turf fields) – 7000 48th Street SE
- Bob Bahan Aquatic & Fitness Centre (pool) – 4812 14 Avenue SE
- Canyon Meadows Aquatic & Fitness Centre (pool) – 89 Canova Road SW
- Killarney Aquatic & Recreation Centre (pool) – 1919 29 Street SW
- Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic & Recreation Centre (pool) – 1520 Northmount Drive NW
Training, practice, and conditioning activities for youth sport in groups up to a maximum of 10 individuals, including participants, coaches and trainers, are also permitted.
On March 9, Bob Bahan Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Canyon Meadows Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Killarney Aquatic & Recreation Centre, and Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic & Recreation Centre will begin offering further opportunities, including weight room access, aquatic lane walking, and shallow and deep-water exercise.
In addition to expanded activities offered at the above facilities, Thornhill Aquatic & Recreation Centre (6715 Centre Street NW) will be reopening on March 9 for low-intensity exercise.
On March 9, the City will also begin taking appointments for low-intensity group fitness classes, starting the week of March 15.
Games and league play, public skating, lane swimming, and high-intensity activities are not permitted by public health orders at this time.
The province needs to see a benchmark of 300 hospitalizations or less per day for at least three weeks after moving into Step 2 before proceeding to the next stage. Step 3 could see the potential easing of restrictions in more areas, including the following:
- Adult team sports
- Banquet halls, community halls, conference centres, and hotels
- Casinos, racing centres, and bingo halls
- Further easing of performance activities
- Further easing of youth sport and recreation activities
- Indoor social gatherings, with restrictions
- Indoor seated events (movie theatres and auditoriums)
- Museums, art galleries, zoos, interpretive centres
- Places of worship