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City of Swift Current to Close City-Operated Recreation Facilities

Post Date:03/16/2020 12:35 PM
For Immediate Release
March 16, 2020

City of Swift Current to Close City-Operated Recreation Facilities

SWIFT CURRENT, SK – The City of Swift Current today announced that it will be closing all City-operated public recreation/leisure facilities as of Thursday, March 19 at the latest, until further notice, in order to prevent the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus in the community and to protect vulnerable citizens. In addition, all public lessons and programs that are held at these facilities are cancelled, effective 8:00 AM, Tuesday, March 17.

Facilities able to close prior to Thursday, March 19 will do so. These facilities include:

• Innovation Credit Union i-plex, including the Swift Current Curling Club
• Fairview Arenas
• The Aquatic Centre
• The Swift Current Museum
• The Art Gallery of Swift Current, including the Swift Current Public Library
• Kinetic Park: Stockade and Palliser Pavilion
• Lt. Colonel Clifton Centre

At this time, the facilities will remain operational from a staffing standpoint; however, they will be closed to public access. All City employees have been directed to practice social distancing and to exercise proper hygiene techniques, such as regular hand-washing and coughing/sneezing etiquette, as well as to stay home if they have symptoms of a common cold or flu. 

Swift Current CAO Tim Marcus said: “Our priority is the health and safety of our citizens and our staff. By limiting non-essential contact at our facilities, we can ensure that the essential services we offer to the public remain intact.”

At present, City Hall will remain open to the public; however, the City is recommending that citizens avoid attending City Hall unless necessary.

“We’re taking these measures to limit non-essential, person-to-person contact,” said Marcus. “For example: we’re asking residents who normally pay their utility bills at City Hall to pay via online banking and, when they have inquiries, to call or email us rather than coming in person to ask questions, for the time being. These seem like small things, but they can have quite an impact on the prevention of the spread of COVID-19, we’re learning.”

Non-essential Contact/Inquiries:

In order to cut down on non-essential, person-to-person contact, citizens are asked, whenever possible, to avoid in-person visits to City Hall and to direct questions and concerns to via telephone or email. City of Swift Current staff are available from 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding Statutory Holidays.

COVID-19 Information:

Citizens who wish to learn more about 2019 Novel Coronavirus can find reliable information via the following links:


For more information please contact:

Michael Boutilier
Communications & Stakeholder Relations Coordinator
City of Swift Current
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