(Commonwealth pool / District of Saanich Twitter)

The District of Saanich will slowly start to reopen recreation centres across the municipality this month.

In the first phase of reopening, Day Camps at rec centres began operating with new safety measures in place on June 29.

Next up, in-person reception services and weight rooms will open at all recreation centres on July 13.

Starting July 20, ice services will restart in the GR Pearkes Green Arena.

Limited aquatic programs will reopen at Gordon Head on July 20 and at Saanich Commonwealth Place on August 4.

“Recreation is a vital part of our community well-being. We understand that our residents can’t wait to return to the services and facilities they love,” said Mayor Fred Haynes in a statement.

“I, council and staff join them in this, albeit with understanding that there will be modifications and new safety protocols in place.”

The district has increased the frequency of cleaning protocols at all of the facilities in keeping with new COVID-19 regulations.

Further, all services will be provided by reservation for the foreseeable and the number of people allowed indoors will be monitored to maintain room for physical distancing.

According to the statement from Saanich, recreation safety protocols were developed based on guidelines and requirements from the Provincial Health Officer, WorkSafe BC, Island Health, BC Recreation and Parks Association, and the Lifesaving Society of BC.