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Waynesville rec opens additional facilities

The Waynesville Recreation Center and Old Armory will reopene for additional activities at 30 percent capacity at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, in response to Gov. Roy Cooper’s announcement that North Carolina is entering Phase 2.5 of reopening. 

Masks are required to enter each facility and to use common areas such as the lobby at check-in. Masks are optional while exercising, and children ages 5 and younger are not required to wear one. Individuals should observe social distancing rules when possible. 

The Rec Center is open Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., remaining closed on Sundays. The gym is open for pickleball and volleyball only, and the pool, water park and racquetball courts are all open. In the weight room, half the equipment will be available Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the other half Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. In the upstairs area, a reduced number of ellipticals and treadmills are available, with half the upstairs weight machines available Monday, Wednesday and Friday with the other half Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. 

A class schedule will be published Sept. 14, with classes starting Sept. 21. Certain programs will not be offered due to COVID-19, including birthday parties, childcare, judo, swim lessons and ballroom dancing. Multipurpose rooms will be closed. 

The Old Armory is open at 30 percent capacity 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gym is open for pickleball and walking and the pottery room is open for use. The cafeteria is closed and certain programs will not be offered. 

Outdoor basketball courts and playgrounds are open as of 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4. 

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