OTTAWA – After reviewing the Ontario government’s new orange-restrict regulations and ensuring all safety protocols are in place, the city is gradually re-starting its recreation activities and services at its hub locations.

The Province of Ontario moved Ottawa from modified stage two restrictions to the new orange-restrict status on Saturday, Nov. 7. 

The city started some recreation activities such as weight and cardio rooms on Nov. 14 and Kindergym drop-in which resumed today (Nov. 16).

 The start dates for other services are as follows: 

  • Aquafitness will resume on Monday, Nov. 23 
  • Nepean Seniors Centre and Churchill Seniors Centre will reopen on Monday, Nov. 23 
  • Arena rentals can now resume for modified game play and scrimmages that avoid physical contact  

The orange-restrict regulations also require: 

  • Physical distancing be increased to three metres in weight and cardio rooms and fitness classes 
  • A limit of 10 people per room indoors and 25 people outdoors for fitness activities 
  • Contact information for all patrons and participants 
  • A mask must be worn in the facility, except when engaged in athletic or physical activity 

“Access to most drop-in activities requires reservations in advance,” city staff released in a statement Friday (Nov. 13). “Visit ottawa.ca/recreation for more information on activity offerings, locations, room rentals, reservations and all COVID-related protocols and restrictions.”