Following the reopening of the pool this week, the Recreation Complex will also be slowly beginning to reopen our remaining facilities to local users once more. This is occurring with significant precautionary measures and restrictions in place that have been reviewed and approved by Northern Health. The Civic Centre auditorium/gym is reopening September 21st to select user groups like minor basketball, and the Recreation Department will be phasing in additional Recreation Department programming for the Gym and Auditorium spaces as risk management plans are developed and approved. The Arena, meanwhile, will reopen October 3rd to scheduled access for Prince Rupert’s ice user groups, who may then book the space at their discretion based on individual group demand.
At this time, drop-ins/public access times will not be available for the Gym, Auditorium, and Arena, and use of the space will be by registration with local user groups only. In order to use the space, local user groups are required to provide their safe management plans/practices to Recreation Staff in advance, and to follow the best practices laid out by their respective governing organizations for each sport/activity. Event bookings, meanwhile, will require prior approval and will be assessed on a case by case basis according to their ability to safely meet all event-related health restrictions set out by the Provincial Health Officer.
We understand that these are trying times for residents and families looking to access local recreation opportunities, and we thank you for your patience with staff as we work to re-initiate safe operations.
For additional information on the pool reopening, including Frequently Asked Question, see our previous notice at: http://princerupert.ca/swimming_pool_now_taking_advanced_bookings_provides_faq_what_expect_2020_09_08
For a full list of safety procedures, go to: http://recreation.princerupert.ca/PrinceRupert/public/category/browse/COVID-19
We missed you, and we look forward to seeing everyone back in the facility!