Burlington operated sport facilities will start re-opening this weekend


Published November 6, 2020 at 4:01 pm

Fitness and team sports are returning to Burlington beginning as early as tomorrow (Nov 7).

As part of Ontario’s new COVID-19 guidelines and based on the approval of Halton’s Medical Officer of Health, the previous sanctions have been lifted as some physical activities will be allowed to return to a certain level of normalcy.

This means sport teams can resume games at both indoor and outdoor City-operated facilities.

Fitness providers offering programs in City facilities can also resume their modified programs beginning tomorrow.

“The province heard our request to provide guidelines to continue activities in a safe way, rather than blanket closures,” said Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward. “With the release of the new framework, our community can resume fitness classes and game play — welcome news to many. I thank our residents and community for their patience while we resume our City-run indoor fitness classes, like indoor pickleball and aquatic fitness programs, this weekend and into next week.”

City-Run – Adult Fitness Programs

Adult Fitness Programs will continue to run with some modifications:

• Starting Monday, Nov. 9, residents registered in active indoor programs, have been offered the chance to switch to group online fitness and wellness classes with some outdoor options available.
• No additional registrations are being accepted at this time to Fall Session 3 Active programs.
• The City is planning to re-introduce in-person fitness classes in early 2021 for the winter session.
City-Run Pickleball Programs

Pickleball programs will begin Monday, Nov. 9 for all players already registered in Session 3 and will follow all established game-play protocols.

• Tansley Woods outdoor pickleball court will remain open for participants while weather permits.
• Limited spaces are available for our November Pickleball programs. For more information and to register, visit liveandplay.burlington.ca.

Tansley Woods Pickleball Season Extended

The outdoor pickleball court at Tansley Woods will be extended on a weekly basis as weather permits. The court was scheduled to close this week but thanks to the warm weather, will stay open for at least one more week and be re-evaluated.

City-Run Aquatic Fitness

Aquatic fitness will resume on Monday, Nov. 9. Participants can register online up to 25-hours before the class. The online registration process includes pre-paying online and completing the online health screening before the class begins. Please fill out the screening form at burlington.ca/screening. Aquatic programming can be found at burlington.ca/fall.

The City will continue to follow the advice of Halton Region Public Health in an effort to protect the health and safety of residents and staff. Any further changes and adjustments will be done in cooperation with Halton Region Public Health.

As outlined by the Province and the Regional Medical Officer of Health, safety measures include:

• Increase spacing between patrons to 3 metres for areas of a sport or recreational facility where there are exercise/fitness classes
• Recreational programs limited to 10 people per room indoors and 25 outdoors
• Require contact information for all patrons and attendance for team sports
• Team or individual sports must be modified to avoid physical contact

“We’re very excited to be ending the pause on our indoor fitness and aqua fitness classes as well as the pause on game play for team sports,” said Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation Services. “We know there are a lot of people who really enjoy and depend on these programs. We will continue to follow the direction from our Medical Officer of Health and the Province, as we always have. I would also like to encourage everyone to have a look at our great online series of recreation videos and I encourage everyone to get outside and play in our beautiful parks and open spaces throughout the city that are available for recreational and leisure use.”

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