The city of Red Deer leisure facilities will remain closed for the time being. However, online virtual programming is being added to keep citizens active.

Although the provincial government announced on Monday that it was easing some public health restrictions as part of Phase 2 of its phased reopening plan, bans remain on public swimming, lap swimming, fitness or water activities (other than low-intensity), sports and competition.

After reviewing the situation, city officials found that the recreational and cultural facilities remain closed to general public use.

“We know that citizens are eagerly awaiting their return to our facilities, and we are eagerly awaiting that day,” said Barb McKee, the city’s recreational superintendent.

She added, “As access to our facilities is limited, we are working on new, exciting ways for red deer to participate in recreational activities.”

In the coming weeks, home fitness programs will be launched offering a variety of courses with “something for everyone” – including cardio, gentle fitness, family-friendly fitness, strength training, and yoga.

McKee said the city recognizes the need for ongoing recovery to promote physical, mental, and social well-being.

“We’re very excited to be able to offer virtual programs to the community,” said McKee.

All ages and abilities are welcome as the class is a safe, accessible, and affordable way to explore fitness “from the comfort of your home.”

In addition to these virtual classes, households can also rent certain amenities at a heavily discounted price.

Available amenities include drying room (field house, gym, and five-a-side football), pool (Michener Aquatic Center plunge pool, lap pool, and warm pool), and ice in the Collicutt Center, Servus Arena, Kinsmen Community Arenas, and GH Dawe Community Center.

These rentals can be booked through an activity reservation with Look n ‘Book. All participants must live in the same household.

Further details will be announced by the city in the next week. Please check for updates.

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