Posted on: July 15, 2020 | Return to News
August 13, 2020
At the recent public Council meeting on August 11, 2020, Mayor French announced that a decision on the potential reopening of the CBS Recreation Complex would be made in early September. He noted that Council recognizes the important role this facility plays in the community and that Council members are committed to ensuring the facility continues to be an important part of the Town’s recreation programming for many years to come. The priority remains the safety and well-being of those who use and work in the facility.
To meet social distancing guidelines as established by the Provincial Government, if the pool reopened there would be a maximum of 12 people allowed to swim at one time. This is also due to the limited capacity allowed in the facility’s change rooms. Swim times would need to spaced apart, to ensure proper cleaning and sanitization protocols are met with the highest standards. Therefore, the size of this facility brings with it many challenges.
Furthermore, with limited users allowed in the facility, the financial implications of opening the facility are also being reviewed. Annually, the CBS Recreation Complex costs the Town approximately $400,000 to operate, net of revenue. Early projections estimate that this cost could rise to $600,000 in 2021. The Town is evaluating options to determine how to operate the facility most effectively, balancing the need to provide important recreational programming with the need to be fiscally responsible for its taxpayers.
Council understands the importance of recreation services. This facility not only houses swimming activities, but is also a very important space for squash participation, fitness classes, birthday parties, and other rentals. The Town is continuing to explore options to accommodate its user groups during this unprecedented time. We thank residents for their patience and understanding.
July 15, 2020
After a thorough review of the Alert Level 2 guidelines and requirements, and based on current operating conditions of the CBS Recreation Complex, the Town of Conception Bay South has announced that the facility will remain closed at this time for the safety of employees and patrons.
“Given that this is the season when our pool is least utilized, and will therefore have the least impact on pool users, we are going to keep the facility closed while we continue to monitor COVID-19 developments within the province and within similar facilities. We continue to support the efforts of the federal and provincial governments and take measure that will control the spread of COVID-19. Council would like to thank residents for their patience and understanding as we navigate through the pandemic together,” said Mayor Terry French.
As with all COVID-19 related decisions, the Town continues to monitor the situation and accepts guidance from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador on safety measures and decisions. The Town is monitoring operations daily and will provide another update on the CBS Recreation Complex in the coming months.
Please continue to visit www.conceptionbaysouth.ca/covid to stay up-to-date on Town services.