Recreational facilities in Calgary and surrounding towns are seeing a resurgence in the usage of recreational facilities with the COVID mandates being lifted.
With Jason Kenney’s most recent announcement that Alberta will be lifting its COVID mandates, primarily its mask bylaws, recreational facilities are already seeing a higher percentage of people returning to use their amenities.
The Strathmore aquatic centre is among many others already beginning to see a sudden influx of patrons coming to use the pool and its features.
“Ever since Kenney said that the mandates were going to be lifted, things around here really started to pick up,” said Scott Salmon, a senior lifeguard at the Strathmore aquatic centre. “We are consistently hitting our capacity of 108 patrons during our public swim times, and getting busier during lane swim times, something that just wasn’t possible when people were worried about the restrictions and the mandates.”
Overall the COVID hospitalizations have been on the decline, this is allowing for the continuation of Jason Kenney’s reopening plan, which will now be in step two, this benefits recreational facilities such as the Strathmore aquatic centre.
“This is especially good for these businesses, allowing them to open at full capacity can only be beneficial for them, not having to worry about social distancing and capacity limits,” says Taryn Smyth, a regular patron of Strathmore’s aquatic centre. “I have definitely noticed that things around here are starting to pick up, especially when it’s public swim time, normally the lane swim time was pretty low on people but now there are twenty to thirty people every day.”
The mandate lift does not mean that COVID will be going away, so people should still be mindful of themselves and others. It only means that the data presented to the health minister suggests that COVID is on enough of a downward trend to allow the loosening of capacity limits and mask bylaws.
“We do hope to see some more people around here though, it’s been pretty boring these last couple years” adds Scott.