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Recreation facilities to be slowly opened

Most space use will be by registration, the City of Prince Rupert said.
Recreation facilities will slowly be opened to local residents by the City of Prince Rupert. The gym and auditorium will reopen on Sept. 21 to select user groups, following the pool opening on Sept. 14. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)

Recreation facilities will be reopened slowly to local users the City of Prince Rupert announced, in a Sept. 14 statement.

“Following the reopening of the pool this week, the recreation complex will also be slowly beginning to re=open our remaining facilities to local users once more,” The City of Prince Rupert said in a statement.

The release said the reopening has been planned with significant precautionary measures and restrictions in place which have been reviewed and approved by Northern Health.

“The Civic Centre auditorium/gym is reopening Sept. 21 to select user groups like [sic] minor basketball, and the recreation department will be phasing in additional … programming for the gym and auditorium spaces as risk management plans are developed and approved.”

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Ice user groups can begin booking times for Oct. 3. Groups may book space at their discretion based on individual group demand, the statement said.

The City of Prince Rupert is not allowing drop-ins or public access times for the gym, auditorium, and arena, and use of the space will be by registration with local user groups only.

For sports and user groups to utilize the space in the facilities, they must provide safe management and practice plans to the recreation staff in advance. Each sport or activity must abide by the best practices laid out by their respective governing organizations.

“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.

 K-J Millar | Journalist 
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