With a modified step 2 of the government’s A Path Forward plan, effective March 1, the province eased restrictions on libraries and further eased restrictions on indoor fitness activities.
Step 1 included reopening and easing restrictions on restaurants, indoor fitness, and sports and performance activities for children.
Many facilities in the city will reopen this week. For those who have got bored at home, this offers an opportunity to leave the house to change the scenery (safely).
Here’s what’s reopening in Calgary this week.
All Calgary Public Library locations
All locations will reopen on March 10th at reduced times. The libraries will return to their regular opening hours on March 15th.
Starting March 10th, library users will be able to browse physical collections, use study areas, access print, WiFi and copy services, and access desktop computers and Chromebooks.
All YMCA Calgary facilities
The YMCA facilities currently offer private swimming lessons, one-on-one fitness training, family activities, and youth group rentals at Brookfield Residential YMCA in Seton and Shane Homes YMCA in Rocky Ridge.
Starting March 8, Brookfield Residential YMCA and Shane Homes YMCA will open for drop-in fitness (weight floor, lap swimming) and advanced group fitness classes.
On March 12, all YMCA facilities (with the exception of the South Health Campus YMCA) will reopen for drop-in fitness (weight floor, lap swimming) and advanced group fitness classes.
Bookings for appointments to use these facilities are now available.
Choose Calgary City Recreational Facilities
The following bookings are currently open for bookings for individual sports training as well as for low and high intensity water bookings.
- Max Bell Center: Ken Bracko and Arena No. 2 (two ice sheets) – 1001 Barlow Trail SE
- Father David Bauer and Norma Bush Arenas (two sheets of ice) – 2424 University Drive NW
- Southland Leisure Center: Ed Whalen and Joe Kryzcka arenas (two sheets of ice) – 2000 Southland Drive SW
- Optimist and George Blundun Arenas (two sheets of ice) – 5020 26th Avenue SW
- Stew Hendry & Henry Viney Arenas (two sheets of ice) – 814 13th Avenue NE
- Calgary Soccer Center (eight artificial turf fields) – 7000 48th Street SE
- Bob Bahan Aquatic & Fitness Center (pool) – 4812 14 Avenue SE
- Canyon Meadows Aquatic & Fitness Center (pool) – 89 Canova Road SW
- Killarney Aquatic & Recreation Center (Pool) – 1919 29 Street SW
- Sir Winston Churchill Water and Recreation Center (pool) – 1520 Northmount Drive NW
Training, exercise and conditioning activities for youth sports in groups of no more than 10 people, including participants, coaches and coaches, are also permitted.
Starting March 9, the Bob Bahan Aquatic & Fitness Center, Canyon Meadows Aquatic & Fitness Center, Killarney Aquatic & Recreation Center, and Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic & Recreation Center will offer additional options including weight room access, walking on water trails as well as shallow and deep water exercise.
In addition to the expanded activities offered at the above facilities, the Thornhill Aquatic & Recreation Center (6715 Center Street NW) will reopen on March 9 for low intensity exercises.
Starting March 9, the city will also be accepting dates for low-intensity group fitness classes from the week of March 15.
Games and league games, public skating, swimming on the track, and high-intensity activities are currently not allowed under public health regulations.
Bookings for arenas, pools and weight rooms can be made online.
The availability of the football center can be checked online. Please send booking inquiries to [email protected] or 403-268-3800.
The province must see a benchmark of 300 hospital stays or fewer per day for at least three weeks after moving on to Step 2 before proceeding to the next phase. Step 3 could ease potential restrictions in other areas, including the following:
- Team sports for adults
- Banquet halls, community halls, conference centers and hotels
- Casinos, race centers and bingo halls
- Further relaxation of performance activities
- Further relaxation of youth sports and leisure activities
- Indoor social gatherings, with restrictions
- Indoor seating events (cinemas and auditoriums)
- Museums, art galleries, zoos, interpretation centers
- Places of worship
- retail trade