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Cold Lake Energy Centre opens today

Energy Centre

COLD LAKE - Residents can start enjoying parts of the Cold Lake Energy Centre.

The facility officially opened its doors today (June 16) after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re very excited to be able to start the reopening process,” said Mayor Craig Copeland in a press release. “It’s not as simple as turning the lights on and opening the doors. We had to ensure that new safety protocols were in place, and that staff were available to return to work.”

The reopening includes the Cenovus Energy Wellness Centre, CNRL Walking Track, and access to Booster Juice.

Operating hours for the Energy Centre will be Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the weekend.

Patrons will notice new health and safety protocols in place. The only doors open at this time are the main entrance and everyone entering the building will need to use hand sanitizer before checking in at the front desk for a health screening questionnaire before proceeding to one of the open locations in the facility.

The wellness centre will have a maximum capacity to ensure physical distancing requirements can be met, and users will need to pre-book their workout slots during peak times by calling 780-639-6405.

The walking track will also have a maximum capacity and the middle lane will be blocked off to encourage physical distancing. The Energy Centre won’t be providing strollers at this time, but users can bring their own.

The city is expecting to announce more facilities opening in the coming weeks, such as the Cold Lake and District FCSS, the splash park, and the baseball diamonds.

The arenas, field house, and climbing wall will remain closed for the time being.

Robynne Henry, Bonnyville Nouvelle

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