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West End Community Centre set to reopen next week

Summer camps, swims and library use will all be available
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The city has announced the reopening of the West End Community Centre for camps, swims and library use starting next week.

Summer day camp gets underway on Tuesday, Aug. 4. The customer service counter and the library branch will also reopen that day.

The pool reopens for recreation and fitness swims the following day.

Updated health and safety measures include hand sanitizer stations, spaces to allow physical distancing of at least two metres, plexiglass barriers and enhanced facility cleaning of high-touch areas.

“We’re excited to see our customers again! It will look a little different inside the building, but these changes are in place to help keep visitors and employees healthy and safe,” says Heather Flaherty, general manager of the parks and recreation, in a news release.

Summer camps will take place in the arena area of the facility. Camp spaces are still available.

People taking in a 45-minute drop-in recreation or fitness swims must register in advance beginning Aug. 2 using Rec Enroll. Summer swim sessions are shorter and cost less than a typical recreation or fitness swim. Walk-ins are discouraged unless the customer needs to pay with cash.

People should arrive changed as change rooms will not be available.

Swimmers will enter and exit using the main entrance doors, and should plan to arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before the swim starts. Masks or face coverings are required everywhere except the pool. View swim schedules for West End pool at

Pool rentals for sports groups are available Wednesday through Sunday.

Pool capacity is 50 people at one time. The therapy pool is closed.

Lockers, showers (at exit), sauna, and public viewing gallery remain closed. Swimmers will enter the pool through one change room and leave through another one.

Swimmers must leave the pool area after the session has ended so the pool deck, pool ladders, change rooms and common areas can be thoroughly cleaned before the next swim starts.

Library branch hours are Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Library patrons will access the library through the doors closest to the Guelph Fire station at the east side of the building. Masks or face coverings are required to protect library employees and visitors.