Vaughan closes fitness centers, swimming pools and some libraries due to COVID-19 staff shortage

The city of Vaughan is temporarily closing all of its fitness centers and swimming pools and some of its libraries due to staff shortages linked to the pandemic.

The city made the announcement in a statement released Tuesday morning.

It says all of its fitness centers and swimming pools will close as of Thursday and that recreational programming in community centers will also be canceled.

The city said “decisions regarding in-person winter recreation programs have not been made at this time and will depend on Omicron’s data and staffing resources.”

Meanwhile, Vaughan Public Libraries will also close their community branches starting Thursday, although its three resource libraries – Bathurst Clark, Civic Center, and Pierre Berton – will remain open for now.

Curbside pickup will also continue to be offered at locations closed from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The closure of part of the city’s facilities comes amid an increase in COVID-19 infections that are expected to present new challenges for employers, given the large number of people who will have to self-isolate after testing positive or exposure to a confirmed case.

In the statement, the city of Vaughan said it “is experiencing a staff shortage due to COVID-19”, although it noted that essential services remain “uninterrupted”.

“All decisions regarding the closure and opening of facilities and amenities continue to be based on data specific to Vaughan and reflect guidelines issued by York Region Public Health and the Provincial Government – Public Safety being the top priority, ”the statement said. “The City of Vaughan remains committed to continuing to work with all levels of government as the pandemic evolves, enabling the city to make knowledgeable, responsible and measured decisions to help stop the spread of COVID-19 . “

It is not immediately clear when the facilities will reopen. The city says anyone who adheres to a city fitness center or swimming pool will have their payments automatically suspended for the duration of the shutdown.

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