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Vermilion’s Lakeland College Recreation Centre continues phased re-opening

Vermilion’s Lakeland College Recreation Centre is getting set to begin the second phase of their re-opening.

The Centre, which students and the public can use to work out, began its progressive re-opening on July 27th. In that first phase, their weight room was separated into two areas using the main gym area. This is to allow for physical distancing while keeping all of their equipment accessible to both students and members of the public.

The facility is booking one-hour timeslots online for each person or cohort group to use the equipment.  Basketball and volleyball are only allowed in family or household cohort groups as well.

Athletic Director Alan Rogan says they were excited to get the Rec Centre up and running again for the health benefits to their clients.

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“Being active contributes to them being healthy, not only physically but mentally. I think for many people just to get back into a facility where they can work out, keep in shape and be active is just really important.”

The next step for the Lakeland College Recreation Centre’s re-opening is resuming operations in the Aquatic Centre, slated for August 10th. Once this part of the facility re-opens, fitness, family swims and lane swimming will be allowed again. Families can book a portion of the pool, and a limited number will be allowed in at a time.

Rogan adds some parts of the Centre will remain closed for a while, as they map out guidelines for these areas.

“Right now our racket courts, our racketball [and] squash courts are still closed. It’s really difficult to do social distancing inside those areas, so we’re still looking how we can do that safely.”

People can find more details about cleanliness rules and booking information on Lakeland College’s website.

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