City of Winnipeg gyms, indoor pools, arenas, libraries, and other recreation facilities are closed indefinitely once again, due to the latest surge in COVID-19 cases.

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City of Winnipeg gyms, indoor pools, arenas, libraries, and other recreation facilities are closed indefinitely once again, due to the latest surge in COVID-19 cases.

The city shut down those services Friday night, shortly after the province announced a third pandemic lockdown.

The new provincial public health measures required indoor sports and recreation to shut down for three weeks, as of 12:01 a.m. Sunday, in an attempt to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. The new restrictions will also limit outdoor sports events to a maximum of five participants.

In Winnipeg, all Leisure Guide programs will also be cancelled until further notice.

The city said it does not expect to lay off any employees at this point, since it hopes to redeploy all staff who are affected by the closures.

In addition, visitors at parks, skate parks and playgrounds are expected to keep two metres away from those outside their own household, while groups of more than five people won’t be allowed to gather in parks or athletic fields.

City parks bookings will also be suspended until further notice.