It's been just two months since the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre reopened, as part of the province's gradual strategy to ease COVID-19 restrictions.
On February 8, 2021, the province gave recreational facilities the green light to open their doors in Step One of the province's 'Path Forward' plan.
The easing of some restrictions on sports and fitness hasn't been an easy one to navigate, recreational facility operators have had to go back to the drawing board time and time again, and just when facility users start to understand the plans in place, they change again.
Exactly two months after we entered Step One, we are right back to that initial step. In a letter to the community, CEO of SLS Family Sports Centre, Blair Felesky expressed his thoughts on the matter and how he's been feeling since the start of the pandemic.
"I have been nervous since March 2020," says Felesky."It has all to do with the impact on our team of people, our tenants and users of this facility."
He goes on to say "I am nervous because our role is to help pull community together at a time when uncontrollable forces (and restrictions) tend to contribute to (or at least attempt to) push us apart."
Reverting back to Step One means that effective immediately the fitness centre will be limited to one on one supervised training sessions for an hour at a time, with limited spaces available.
Families can book one hour of ice time for a household skate, and the gymnasium, turf, climbing wall and playland are also available for private bookings.
The pool is permitted to stay open for lessons, and all current youth activities will continue as scheduled. There are also a number of 'Single Activities' still permitted at the Aquatic Centre. You can find a complete rundown here.
Felesky says that the SLS team remains committed to the community and they will continue to offer all the programs and services that the guidelines allow.
He says that their priority remains "keeping people safe and keeping people physically active."