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Busy weekend for opened City of Edmonton recreation centres despite strict COVID-19 rules

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It’s the first weekend some city recreation centres in Edmonton have reopened to the public.

“It feels great. Super excited. It’s something we’ve been looking forward to and it’s finally here,” Kinsmen Sports Centre patron Sherry Lotzien said Sunday.

“We’ve been working out at home and it’s not quite the same, and it’s nice to be back in the gym and get to see other people,” Kinsmen Sports Centre patron Ettore Raimondi said.

The province closed gyms Dec. 12 due to a rise in COVID-19 cases but were eventually allowed to reopen with limited use March 1.

Kinsmen and the Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre opened March 5.

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On Wednesday, the city will open the Meadows and Terwillegar rec centres.

Clareview rec centre will open on March 15. Regardless of the openings, pools will remain closed and low-intensity group fitness classes don’t start until March 8.

“Our capacities are down to 50 [people] at the Kinsmen Sports Centre and between 70 and 80 at the other four rec centres just to have a spacing restriction,” Kinsmen Sports Centre director Brad Badger said.

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