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Area municipalities release guidelines to follow at recreation facilities

All have been working together to standardize the protocols for recreation facilities and community centres
GM November 19 2019
File photo of Waterloo Rec. Complex. Blair Adams/KitchenerToday

The cities and townships in Waterloo Region have been working together to standardize the protocols for recreation facilities and community centres as much as possible to ensure consistency and help everyone understand the rules.

They say the rules concerning pre-screening, physical distancing, use of face coverings and no re-entry after screening, were all developed in consultation with public health officials.

The municipalties are encouraging all participants to Check before you Rec.

That includes staying home if you are not feeling well and educating yourself about the rules of the facility you are going to.

The standardized rules for recreation facilities and community centres across Waterloo Region include:

  • Mandatory pre-screening before arriving at facilities. This information is important for contact tracing purposes.
  • Physical distancing of 6 feet/2 metres from others applies at all times, including outdoors while waiting for entry or when exiting, and indoors while wearing a mask. Follow sport distancing rules during play.
  • Face coverings are required at all times with the exception of sports participants during play (e.g. on ice, on a court). Face coverings are required on all walking tracks.
  • Enter the facility “dressed to participate” in your program. Please check with your specific organization for details. The current state of virus transmission places dressing room areas as potential high risk, and continued patience with this is appreciated.
  • Once participants have been screened and admitted, re-entry is not permitted.
  • Only one guardian per minor aged participant is permitted, for capacity requirements. If a guardian arrives with an additional sibling, the sibling is allowed to enter with the guardian; once the participant is ready for their activity, the guardian and sibling are required to leave.

Facility-specific rules are available for each city and township on their website, and each municipality can provide clarity on their own limitations and rules.

In general, changerooms will not be open for use, except in accessibility situations. 

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