Iqaluit to close all recreation facilities due to COVID-19 prevention

“Closing additional City facilities, as a precaution, in the near future is a possibility”

The City of Iqaluit announced it will close all recreation facilities, including the Aquatic Centre, in the city beginning on March 17. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

The City of Iqaluit is temporarily closing all recreation facilities throughout the city in light of the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic, city officials said in a news release issued today.

The city announced the following facilities will close on Tuesday, March 17:

  • Arctic Winter Games Complex
  • Arnaitok Arena
  • Aquatic Centre
  • Curling Rink
  • Elders Qammaq
  • Makkuttukkuvik Youth Centre

The announcement comes after the city said it would suspend group programs at facilities in Iqaluit.

“The City of Iqaluit continues to work closely with the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Health to monitor and respond as needed to the COVID-19 situation,” the release said.

The city said it will reassess cancellations and closures by April 7 and notify the public of any changes.

“The City is committed to providing essential services during the pandemic including water and sewer delivery, garbage pick-up and emergency services (fire, ambulance, dispatch). Closing additional City facilities, as a precaution, in the near future is a possibility,” the release said.

“The City will continue to provide all other services until further notice.”

For more information on recreation programs and facilities, including refund requests, the city asks that people visit this webpage or call the AWG Recreation Office at (867) 979-5611.

For information on preventive measures, see the Government of Nunavut’s webpage.

For information on travel and related advisories, see this Government of Canada webpage.

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(4) Comments:

  1. Posted by Refund on

    Will the City issue refunds to everyone now unable to use their memberships? At $150 a month, it should.

    • Posted by INUK on

      Worry about that later

  2. Posted by Pass holder on

    If you have a annual pass, you can fill out a form to suspend it.
    If you have a monthly pass, you should call and see if they can do anything for you

  3. Posted by Andy on

    A refund should not be the highest priority, but since it’s mentioned in the article, I’m sure the city will look after it.
    Closing the Aquatic Center and Gym is a logic move and I was surprised that it was not even included in the first initial closure list.

    “City, you need to update your website to include the additional closures”

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