Wearing of masks is recommended at the City of Delta’s recreation facilities.

Wearing of masks is recommended at the City of Delta’s recreation facilities.

Mask up? Work out!

Take care of yourself and others: Masks now required in City of Delta facilities

Toss one more thing in your gym bag before heading to City of Delta facilities to shoot hoops, lift weights or practice yoga.

Many City of Delta facilities are now open, with modified guidelines to keep patrons and staff safe. Extra space to allow for physical distancing, pre-registration for drop-in activities and extra sanitization are just a few of the measures in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. As of Oct. 1, 2020, there’s one more protocol for patrons.

Cloth face coverings are required when indoors at City of Delta facilities, including City Hall.

There are exceptions, but in general masks are required when indoors. Allowances are in place for:

  • People with underlying medical conditions or disabilities, and those unable to place or remove a mask without assistance
  • Young children and those with special needs
  • Staff working behind a physical barrier or within their own physically separate workspace
  • First responders in an emergency situation

Masks required during some activities, but not all

Swim with a snorkel if you choose, but masks aren’t required in the pool.

“We recognize that mask-use during certain activities may be unfeasible, so guidelines will be assessed on an activity-by-activity basis,” says Mayor George V. Harvie.

Staff will consider the level of exertion for the activity, how easily participants can physically distance during the activity, the presence of other protective measures and provincial guidelines for each activity. Keep in mind, though, that masks are still required when entering, exiting and moving around common areas, even if your activity doesn’t require one.

“Delta’s efforts, in conjunction with those across the province, have proven successful in limiting the spread of COVID-19. As the fall and winter months approach, additional precautions are likely prudent to continue to protect the community,” says Mayor Harvie. “While face masks are low on the hierarchy of controls to limit the spread of the virus, they’re still recommended, particularly in indoor settings where appropriate physical distancing is difficult to maintain.”

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