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Recreation centers in Norfolk temporarily close due to COVID-19 surge

Norfolk Recreation, Parks & Open Space facilities are set to close Jan. 11 - Feb. 8, and virtual programming will be offered to substitute the January classes.
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NORFOLK, Va. — With COVID-19 cases still rising at an all-time high in VA, city officials decided that the safest option would be to close the recreational facilities in Norfolk for a short period.

The Norfolk Recreation, Parks & Open Space facilities are temporarily closing to the public starting on Monday, Jan. 11. This will go on for four weeks until Feb. 8, 2021.

These are the locations that will close Jan.11 - Feb. 8:

  • Huntersville Community Center
  • Lambert’s Point Community Center
  • Berkley Community Center
  • East Ocean View Community Center
  • Norview Community Center
  • Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center
  • Southside Aquatics Center
  • Huntersville Pool
  • Northside Pool

There were some rec centers that reopened in July 2020 and some pools that reopened in Nov. 2020, from when the pandemic started. 

RPOS said it will substitute in-person sessions that were scheduled in January for virtual classes. This will be for the classes, personal training and wellness programs that required payment. 

There will also be certified therapeutic recreation specialists available to give personal wellness services to individuals with disabilities who regularly attend the centers.

For updates on the centers' virtual programming, you can visit the RPOS Facebook page. It will feature a variety of programs from eSports gaming tournaments to STEM-related activities and more.