Kramberger: West Island cities tackle dilemma of opening indoor pools, arenas – Montreal Gazette


Most West Island-area cities are keeping indoor pools and arenas open for free swim and public skating, but with limits on the number of participants as well as requiring online reservations.

As of Dec. 22 and until further notice, Dorval closed the Sarto-Desnoyers Community Centre, the Surrey Aquatic and Community Centre, the Dorval Museum of Local History and Heritage, the Peter B. Yeomans Cultural Centre, the Dorval Aquatic and Sports Complex (pictured), the Westwood Sports Centre and the Dorval Arena. Photo by Dave Sidaway /Montreal Gazette

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Over the past year or so, West Island cities have received a bit of flak for limiting access for activities to residents only, particularly for outdoor setups , all due to the COVID-19 pandemic .

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With elementary and high school students forced to do remote learning from home for the past week due to the Omicron variant, parents have probably been searching for local recreational options outside of the home even more than usual.

As announced by Hockey West Island on Dec. 31, the minor hockey season is postponed indefinitely due to government directives to cease indoor sports in an attempt at preventing the spread of COVID.

Most West Island-area cities are keeping indoor pools and arenas open for free swim and public skating, but with limits on the number of participants as well as requiring online reservations.

It’s up to parents to weigh the potential COVID risks versus the rewards of exercising and socialization.

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Dorval, however, has opted to be extra vigilant and temporarily shut down its arenas and aquatic centre. This prompted some residents to launch a letter-writing campaign to demand the pool be reopened, stating in the form letter that “this form of exercise greatly strengthens resilience against COVID.”

Mayor Marc Doret responded to the criticism by citing the relatively high number of rolling daily cases reported in Dorval, which affected the decision to close municipal buildings to the public .

Ambiguous Quebec government directives were also behind the city’s decision to close its arenas and pool. While stating indoor sports should be halted, the government opened the door to allowing swimming and skating within family bubbles, leaving cities to interpret vague directives as they saw fit, Doret said, noting Dorval opted to be cautious for safety reasons.

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“We felt there is no need for people getting together indoors for risk of infecting others, or risk infecting our employees. That’s a decision I stand by,” he said.

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Most West Island-area cities are keeping indoor pools and arenas open for free swim and public skating, but with limits on the number of participants as well as requiring online reservations.

As of Dec. 22 and until further notice, Dorval closed the Sarto-Desnoyers Community Centre, the Surrey Aquatic and Community Centre, the Dorval Museum of Local History and Heritage, the Peter B. Yeomans Cultural Centre, the Dorval Aquatic and Sports Complex (pictured), the Westwood Sports Centre and the Dorval Arena. Photo by Dave Sidaway /Montreal Gazette

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West Island Gazette

Most West Island-area cities are keeping indoor pools and arenas open for free swim and public skating, but with limits on the number of participants as well as requiring online reservations.

As of Dec. 22 and until further notice, Dorval closed the Sarto-Desnoyers Community Centre, the Surrey Aquatic and Community Centre, the Dorval Museum of Local History and Heritage, the Peter B. Yeomans Cultural Centre, the Dorval Aquatic and Sports Complex (pictured), the Westwood Sports Centre and the Dorval Arena. Photo by Dave Sidaway /Montreal Gazette

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