The pool at Matsqui Recreation Centre will reopen for modified activities starting Aug. 10, and the arena will open for private bookings. (City of Abbotsford photo)

The pool at Matsqui Recreation Centre will reopen for modified activities starting Aug. 10, and the arena will open for private bookings. (City of Abbotsford photo)

Pool and arena set to reopen at Matsqui Recreation Centre

Modified activities and physical distancing will be in place starting Aug. 10

The pool and arena at Matsqui Recreation Centre (MCR) will reopen on Aug. 10 with modified activities, according to the City of Abbotsford.

The pool will be open for activities such as lane swimming, aqua fit and public swim, while the arena will be open for private bookings.

MSA will also reopen on Aug. 17 for private bookings.

All other indoor recreation amenities remain closed, including fitness centres and Abbotsford Recreation Centre.

The city says the openings are being done in accordance with provincial health orders and guidance. Key safety measures include physical distancing in facilities and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of commonly used surfaces.

RELATED: Tennis courts and skate parks re-opened in Abbotsford

To access indoor recreation options, users will be required to:

• pre-register and pay online through Direct2Rec or by phone (drop-in options will not be available)

• abide by all safety protocols, which will be strictly enforced

The city has also started various free outdoor recreation activities through its Go Play Outside program, including outdoor fitness classes and sports programs, Culture Kits, and volunteer programs. Low-cost summer camps for children ages six to 12 are also available.

The City of Abbotsford says the reopening of other local amenities will align with all new directives provided by the provincial health officer.

The link for Direct2Rec and for details about Go Play Outside can be found at abbotsford.ca/leisure/recreation or call 604-859-3134.

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