The Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has announced public school gyms will gradually reopen to community groups for physical activity and sports.
"We know the important role school facilities have in our communities and we've been working to ensure we can safely reopen to community access," said department minister Zach Churchill.
“Physical activity and sport are vital to our well-being, particularly during this difficult time. As the weather turns cold, it's important for community members to have safe spaces to bring these activities indoors."
Community access will be restricted to gyms and washrooms.
Nova Scotia is allotting $5.5 million of federal funding from the Safe Return to Class Fund, so regional centres for education and Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) can hire additional staff and ensure that access is contained to the appropriate areas of the school.
The additional cleaning also ensures students will come back to schools that have been cleaned in accordance with public health COVID-19 protocols following a community sporting activity.
To ensure equitable access to facilities, rental fees are being waived for this school year.
Regional centres for education and CSAP have posted a list of school gyms now open for bookings on their websites.
Lists will be updated as more schools become available.