The Canada Games Centre in Whitehorse on May 21. A plan to reopen the Canada Games Centre has been submitted to the territory’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and it’s expected the city will hear back on it shortly. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Getting back to business at the Canada Games Centre

City eyes reopening CGC and its service counters

As the city looks at reopening some of its services that were shut due to COVID-19, it is taking a phased approach.

Coun. Samson Hartland questioned city staff on the plans at Whitehorse city council’s May 19 meeting with city manager Linda Rapp reporting the city is in continued contact with Yukon government officials.

A plan to reopen the Canada Games Centre has been submitted to the territory’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and it’s expected the city will hear back on it shortly.

She said officials were hoping to hear back a day later, though when asked for an update Wednesday city spokesperson Myles Dolphin stated that as soon as officials know and dates are confirmed they will be released publically. As of press time, no such information had been provided.

Rapp stated at the council meeting the first phase of the recreation centre’s reopening will focus on areas like the running track, wellness studio and flexihall for drop-in activities with the potential for some outdoor fitness programs as well.

Plans to potentially reopen city service counters are also being finalized.

Plans will adhere to public health guidelines with the Yukon government’s public health measures for phase one of the reopening of indoor public recreation centres and libraries stating that “restrictions may be eased based on public health assessment. Strict infection prevention and control measures and an operating plan will be required.”

Meanwhile, fitness studios fall under businesses and services in the health guidelines and can be already open with public health measures in place.

As the city looks to reopen the CGC in some capacity, it is also working on a plan that would allow for the popular day camps the city normally hosts through the summer.

Rapp said there have been some challenges in determining how to offer the camps while ensuring distancing and health regulations are met, but it’s anticipated that plan will be submitted to the office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health this week. If approved, the camps could potentially get underway in mid-June.

As she noted there’s “a lot of demand” for the day camps.

Meanwhile, Hartland also issued a reminder that while city tax notices have gone out with the original deadline of July 2 for residents to pay the bill, interest and penalties won’t be charged until after Sept. 2.

The date change, in place for all municipalities through the Yukon government came in light of the financial impacts COVID-19 is having on many.

Contact Stephanie Waddell at stephanie.waddell@yukon-news.com

Whitehorse city council

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

d
Wyatt’s World

Wyatt’s World for March 5, 2021.

g
Yukonomist: School competition ramps up in the Yukon

It’s common to see an upstart automaker trying to grab share from… Continue reading

The Yukon government responded to a petition calling the SCAN Act “draconian” on Feb. 19. (Yukon News file)
Yukon government accuses SCAN petitioner of mischaracterizing her eviction

A response to the Jan. 7 petition was filed to court on Feb. 19

City councillor Samson Hartland in Whitehorse on Dec. 3, 2018. Hartland has announced his plans to run for mayor in the Oct. 21 municipal election. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Councillor sets sights on mayor’s chair

Hartland declares election plans

Whitehorse RCMP will provide internet safety training due to an uptick of child luring offences. (iStock photo)
RCMP hosting internet safety webinars for parents and caregivers

The webinars will take place on March 23 and 25

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from Public Health Nurse Angie Bartelen at the Yukon Convention Centre Clinic in Whitehorse on March 3. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
State of emergency extended for another 90 days

“Now we’re in a situation where we see the finish line.”

The Yukon government says it is working towards finding a solution for Dawson area miners who may be impacted by City of Dawson plans and regulations. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Miner expresses frustration over town plan

Designation of claims changed to future planning

Team Yukon athletes wave flags at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games opening ceremony in Whitehorse. The 2022 event in Wood Buffalo, Alta., has been postponed indefinitely. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News file)
2022 Arctic Winter Games postponed indefinitely

Wood Buffalo, Alta., Host Society committed to rescheduling at a later date

Housing construction continues in the Whistle Bend subdivision in Whitehorse on Oct. 29, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Bureau of Statistics reports rising rents for Yukoners, falling revenues for businesses

The bureau has published several reports on the rental market and businesses affected by COVID-19

Crews work to clear the South Klondike Highway after an avalanche earlier this week. (Submitted)
South Klondike Highway remains closed due to avalanches

Yukon Avalanche Association recommending backcountry recreators remain vigilant

RCMP Online Crime Reporting website in Whitehorse on March 5. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Whitehorse RCMP launch online crime reporting

Both a website and Whitehorse RCMP app are now available

A man walks passed the polling place sign at city hall in Whitehorse on Oct. 18, 2018. The City of Whitehorse is preparing for a pandemic-era election this October with a number of measures proposed to address COVID-19 restrictions. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
City gets set for Oct. 21 municipal election

Elections procedures bylaw comes forward

A rendering of the Normandy Manor seniors housing facility. (Photo courtesy KBC Developments)
Work on seniors housing project moves forward

Funding announced for Normandy Manor

Most Read