Some City pools to reopen to the public beginning July 6

Posted On Friday July 03, 2020

As part of the second stage in the City’s phased COVID-19 recovery plan, the City will begin to reopen pools to the public starting July 6.

“Summer is for swimming, especially during a heat wave. We know how important outdoor recreational amenities are to our community,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “Our staff has been working hard to get them ready and we are pleased to continue making them available for residents to enjoy while keeping health and safety top of mind. 

Starting July 6, Harry Class outdoor pool will be available to the public with Breithaupt indoor pool is set to reopen on July 13.

Residents can expect some changes during their visit due to physical distancing and health and safety requirements.

Registration will be required to attend a pool facility to ensure that maximum capacity is not exceeded. Registrations and payments can be made up to 24 hours in advance through ActiveNet, the City’s program registration system.

All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied into the pool by an adult who will be responsible for ensuring that the child complies with social distancing measures. At this time, equipment provided by the City will be limited to personal flotation devices and accessibility equipment. Visitors may bring their own equipment for fitness or accessibility, but pool toys will not be permitted.   

Some amenities will be unavailable at City pools including viewing galleries, saunas, slides, and diving boards. Changeroom access will be limited and visitors are encouraged to arrive at the facility showered and dressed to swim whenever possible. Lockers will also be unavailable however visitors will be permitted to keep their belongings on the pool deck when stored in a bag.

“We’ve put measures in place to ensure the safety of staff and visitors while still allowing us to create positive experiences for families and residents,” said Ward 8 Councillor Margaret Johnston. “Visitors may notice changes, but we’re working hard to balance the need for safety with the great demand for recreation opportunities.”

Visitors are reminded to follow guidance or signage when visiting City facilities. For more information visit www.kitchener.ca/covid19.

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For more information: 

Shawn Falcao 
Manager, Corporate Communications 
shawn.falcao@kitchener.ca 

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