London-Middlesex is in the Red/Control category of the Provincial Keeping Ontario Safe and Open framework. A number of City facilities have reopened to the public for in-person programs and services.
Following new health measures for indoor sport, recreational and fitness facilities recently announced by the Middlesex-London Health Unit, the City of London is pausing all recreation and Learn to Skate programs as of this Saturday, October 24. Participants who have registered for a City-run program at a community centre or arena starting this Saturday will receive a direct notification about this change and receive a refund or credit to their account for paid programs.
The City recognizes the important role that recreation and community programs play for families in London. The City will continue to work with the Middlesex-London Health Unit to adapt and modify programs to meet the new health measures and ensure the safety of all participants, instructors and staff. Once new program details and modified schedules are determined, further information will be shared as soon as possible about the programs and opportunities for registration.
Volunteer and sport organizations utilizing City arenas for programming will be contacted directly with new parameters to ensure new health measures are met.
The new measures, issued as a Section 22 Order by the Middlesex-London Health Unit, aim at reducing the potential spread of COVID-19 in restaurant and banquet halls, personal care service establishments, and indoor fitness facilities in London and Middlesex County. The measures include requiring fitness facilities to limit classes to 10 participants, including staff and require participants in a fitness class to maintain three metres of physical distance between one another, and to wear a face covering.
Aquatic programs offered at community aquatic centres are not impacted by this change and will continue to be offered as scheduled.