City of Iqaluit facilities begin to reopen

City hall, aquatic centre and Makkuttukkuvik Youth Centre to resume some services

Among the facilities resuming some services this month in Iqaluit is the aquatic centre, which will be reopening in phases, beginning on July 10. (File photo)

By Dustin Patar

The City of Iqaluit will begin reopening some facilities as the Government of Nunavut continues to ease pandemic precautions.

City hall, the aquatic centre and Makkuttukkuvik Youth Centre will begin to offer some services after closing in mid-March due to the threat of COVID-19 in the territory.

City hall

Beginning on Friday, July 3, city hall will be reopening for front-counter services.

Those who wish to pay utility bills, taxes and tickets or conduct other city-related business will once again be able to do so in person from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and then from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Throughout the rest of July, city hall will also be open for elders and those with special requirements from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Despite the opening, the city still encourages those who can to conduct their business online or by phone.

Residents who need help with utility payments can contact the city’s finance department at 979-5665 or 979-5606. Those who need assistance with property taxes and land leases can call 979-5602.

For additional payment information, the city can also be reached by email.

Aquatic centre

On July 10, the aquatic centre will begin reopening in phases.

The first phase will see the reopening of the lap pool for lane swimming only.

Phase two will begin on July 20, with the opening of the fitness centre for solo workouts only. All classes and pre-registered programs will not be available.

Family and public swims will be reopening at a later date in phases three and four.

The hot tub and sauna will still be closed to the public.

In the meantime, those who would like to visit the aquatic centre during the first two phases of reopening will need to pre-book one-hour sessions.

There will be 64 one-hour sessions available each week. Reservations will open every Sunday at 12 p.m. for the community and at 11 a.m. for annual pass holders.

Guests will be able to reserve a maximum of five sessions for the following week, one per day.

Those who wish to make reservations or payments can do so online.

Residents with questions can email guest services or call them at 975-8544.

Makkuttukkuvik Youth Centre

While the youth centre won’t be opening in July due to ongoing renovations, they will be offering outdoor programming.

Beginning on July 9 and happening every Thursday evening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., youth between the ages of 13 and 17 will be able to meet outside the Arctic Winter Games Complex for a variety of activities.

A full activity schedule will be released next week.

Those with questions can contact Justin Tambogan, the program’s youth coordinator, at 979-5620 or by email.

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(3) Comments:

  1. Posted by Bernie on

    Am I reading this right? The Aquatic Center gym will be open for one person at a time to workout?
    Just one person in the gym for one hour?

  2. Posted by Not impressed on

    So let me get this straight… Monthly pass holders are S.O.L. and will have to pay a drop-in rate which is $12 and they will be limited to 60 minutes. As well, we cannot buy any passes, whether it be 1 month or 12 months.

    5x a week @ $12 = $60/week

    1 month of drop-in rates = $240, whereas a monthly pass costs $105.

    Sounds like a price gouge towards those who have health concerns or try to live a healthy lifestyle.

  3. Posted by Sam Tutanuak on

    Wonder what happens to those who paid for a Year subscription?

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