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Safe and clean is our new routine

Your safety is our top priority. The City of Edmonton wants to ensure you have a positive experience at our recreation centres as we work to offer opportunities for you to keep active during the pandemic. 

Here’s what we are doing to ensure your safety:

  • We have implemented enhanced cleaning protocols
    • The frequency of cleaning will be increased on all high-touch areas, and there will be 15-minute breaks between individual fitness time slots and between each fitness program to allow for cleaning
    • A full deep clean of every open facility will take place every evening
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided and available in multiple locations throughout each facility
  • Fitness centre equipment and individual spots in group fitness areas in each facility have been spaced out to maintain a 3-metre distance
    • The availability of some equipment will be reduced to ensure appropriate distancing between patrons
    • Items that are not considered safe to share at this point (for example: TRX, cable attachments with cloth parts, resistance bands, or dynamax balls) have been removed
    • Indoor tracks are not available for walking or running as they are used to help with spacing out equipment to ensure the safety of all patrons
  • Signage throughout facilities will assist you in having a safe and enjoyable experience
  • Signage leading into facilities will remind you of public health guidelines and the need to have a time booked for entry
  • Signage is also in place in fitness centres to help you understand what is a low-intensity activity. Staff are available for guidance as well.
  • Staff will be provided with personal protective equipment appropriate for their task. All staff will wear masks or face coverings.
You also play an important role in ensuring the safety of everyone. Here’s what we need you to do to help keep those around you safe:

Before you arrive, stay home if you...

  • are feeling ill and/or experiencing any of the following symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
  • have experienced any of the above symptoms in the last 10 days
  • have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days or been in contact with anyone who has tested positive
  • have, within the last 14 days, returned home from travel outside of Canada or been in contact with someone who has traveled outside of Canada and tested positive for COVID-19

Accessing a facility:

  • Everyone is required to reserve a time slot in advance on MoveLearnPlay. Drop-in options are not available and staff will check to ensure you have reserved a time or are registered in a program.
  • When you arrive, you will be asked COVID pre-screening questions. We remind you to stay home if you show symptoms of COVID-19.

Once you arrive:

  • Wearing a mask or face covering is mandatory in recreation centres, including while you are involved in group and individual physical activities
  • You must maintain a 3-metre distance from others at all times when in a facility
  • Everyone must enter through specified doors and follow the entry/exit signage
  • You are asked to come already in your workout clothes for individual activities or classes
  • There will be a time limit on how long your activity will last - 75 minutes for individual fitness activities. Each class will have a time limit.
  • We ask that you leave the facility as soon as you’ve completed your activity, so our staff can complete a cleaning before the next group of patrons arrive
  • Please do not gather in common areas or outside of facilities
  • If you start to develop symptoms of COVID-19 while in a facility, please inform a staff member and leave the facility immediately

Fitness Centre & Arena Guidelines

Fitness Centre Safety Guidelines

Gymnasium and Turf Guidelines

Open Studio Guidelines

Ice Arena Safety Guidelines

Canadian Drowning Prevention Coalition

We are pleased to share with you the following 1-minute video (EN) featuring Ms. Rosette Boloko, a civic stakeholder from the King Boloko Memorial Foundation engaged in the Coalition and the technical working group focusing on drowning prevention among new Canadians. The video highlights her story of loss as a new Canadian and calls on new Canadians to include swimming lessons as a necessary part of their move to Canada.

Video: The Importance of Learning to Swim for New Canadians 


Breastfeeding is acceptable in all City of Edmonton recreation facilities. Women may breastfeed where they feel most comfortable. If a woman wishes to breastfeed in private, staff will assist her in finding space.

For More Information

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