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CGC pool to open on Aug. 3

The Canada Games Centre (CGC) pool will reopen on Aug. 3 as part of the Centre's Phase 2 plan approved by the chief medical officer.

By Whitehorse Star on July 16, 2020

The Canada Games Centre (CGC) pool will reopen on Aug. 3 as part of the Centre's Phase 2 plan approved by the chief medical officer.

CGC spokesperson Jessica Apolloni said they are going to take a phased approach to open the pool.

"The Canada Games Centre has been opening in phases and I expect the pool to open in stages also," said Apolloni.

"Registration opens on the 27th. We are starting with lane swimming and water walking and when YG releases its next phases we will adapt with that."

People wishing to use the pool must pre-book a lane time. They will get one hour to swim plus 15 minutes at the end to use the change rooms.

"We are asking that people come dressed ready to swim," said Apolloni. "They will get their wristband as usual but there is a new entrance. They will enter the pool through the viewing area and exit out the change room to create oneway travel."

Staff will greet the pool users before they enter to go over the rules. As well, regular sanitizing will take place throughout the day.

Apolloni said they decided to start with lane swimming and water walking because they are low contact and will allow CGC to make adjustments to protocols where needed.

"This is where we are starting so we can see where are processes are at," said Apolloni.

All eight lanes will be in use. Apolloni said when people register, they are assigned a lane they must use. As well, the leisure pool will be open for water walkers.

The sauna and the steam room will not be open because they have yet to receive approval from YG.

While the pool has remained closed, Apolloni said, the city has offered outdoor swimming lessons at Long Lake. The aquatic staff has done their training at Long Lake also.

During the pool's shuttering, city staff made use of the closure and did repairs.

Apolloni said the lazy river has been retiled and painted white to meet the current safety standards. The pool drains were also replaced with bubble drains.

The reopening plan submitted to the CMO included the pool, as well as the arena and the Fieldhouse.

The Northwestel Arena will tentatively open on Aug. 3 for drop-ins and user bookings.

The Fieldhouse will open once summer camps are over on Aug. 18 and will be available for drop-ins and user bookings.

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