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Monday , 28 September 2020

Rec facilities progressively open in Vermilion

The Lakeland College Recreation Centre have opened their weight room and gymnasium and are eyeing re-opening their swimming pool next Monday.

Athletic Director, Alan Rogan said that half of the weight room has been moved into the gym to allow for social distancing while keeping the equipment accessible to students and members of the public.

“Our number one priority is meeting AHS guidelines. We know that physical activity improves people’s mental health as well as physical, and if we didn’t think we could offer them those things safely we wouldn’t be open,” said Rogan.

Currently in the weight room they are booking one hour time slots for a maximum of 15 people.

The gymnasium is only available for booking by family cohorts. Otherwise, to allow for social distancing during basketball or badminton type activities only three people can shoot hoops etc., and are only permitted to use one ball each.

As time goes on they are hoping to can make modifications to elevate the experience while staying within the guidelines. To allow for more flexibility for their patrons they will also expand by allowing other cohorts as time goes on.

When the aquatic centre opens, it will be only for fitness or lane swims where social distancing exists.

With no lessons or public swimming available, families can book a portion of the pool and time slots will separate their bookings.

Only a limited number of family cohorts will be allowed to come in at a time.

“There is tons of data that shows that people who are active are healthy, and these facilities exist to keep people active and in shape,” said Rogan.

Before you visit the first time you will have to book your appointment online. After booking there, patrons will receive will a link to an app where they can make further bookings.

About Angela Mouly

Angela comes to Lakeland Connect Media from the Vermilion Voice newspaper where she spent the past four years reporting on community events. Her repertoire includes writing about history, politics, agriculture, sports, entertainment and art. She was the third place recipient of an AWNA General Excellence Award for “Best Front Page” during their 2016 Better Newspaper Competition. Angela has lived in rural Alberta all her life and in Vermilion for the past 15 years. She looks forward to continuing to serve and inform the Lakeland community by joining in people's many adventures and sharing their stories.