Online reservations are soon no longer needed for Toronto-run fitness classes, ice skating, recreational swimming

Online reservations will soon no longer be needed for drop-in fitness and recreational swimming at city-owned facilities in Toronto, officials said Thursday.

The move takes effect Nov. 29 and applies to City of Toronto gyms, weight rooms, indoor playgrounds or drop-in recreational swimming programs.

The last batch of reservations for these activities were made available from 6 p.m. 8 in the morning.

The change is intended to adapt to the provincial government’s lifting of capacity limits in many sports and recreation facilities, the city said in a press release.

Online reservations will still be available for course swimming and Aquafit classes, although additional walk-in spaces will also be added.

In its press release, the city noted that the Ontario rules currently require proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to enter indoor sports and recreational facilities, including gyms and pools.

Skating rinks will open soon

Similarly, the city announced on Thursday that 38 of Toronto’s outdoor ice rinks will open on November 27, with the remaining 13 outdoor ice rinks to open on December 4.

The ice rinks will be open from 9am to 10pm and will be available for free recreational skating as well as shiny hockey and training programs.

Reservations for ice skating will not be required this season, though the locker rooms will run at 50 percent capacity. More information can be found on the municipality’s website.

The reservation system was first introduced in 2020, when the province implemented significant capacity constraints as part of the fight against COVID-19. The city said that since their introduction, 2.1 million reservations have been made for fitness sessions, swimming and ice skating.

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