Public Health Measures
The Government of Alberta announced a stepped approach to easing restrictions, using declining hospitalizations as the key metric. A Path Forward outlines four steps for a potential easing of restrictions and enabling activities.
NEW: Moving Back to Step 1
Alberta is returning to Step 1 of the four-step framework to protect the health system and reduce the rising spread of COVID-19 and its variants provincewide.
- Effective April 6 at 11:59 p.m., updated mandatory health measures go into effect for retail, fitness and performance activities.
- Retail services – reduce customer capacity to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy
- Indoor fitness – only one-on-one training with an individual or household is permitted for indoor fitness activities
- No drop-in activities or unsupervised individual fitness
- Group fitness, high- or low-intensity, is not allowed.
- Outdoor physical activity is allowed with up to 10 people, provided physical distancing is maintained between households.
- Performance activities – are not permitted. These include dancing, singing, acting, playing a musical instrument, and any rehearsal or theatrical performances.
- Effective at noon on April 9, restaurants will be restricted to providing only takeout, delivery and patio service.
- Step 1 restrictions will remain in place until further notice. Complete details can be found at Stronger Public Health Measures. All other restrictions remain in effect.
Affected Facilities and Services
THE ARDEN THEATRE
All Arden Theatre programming continues to be offered virtually.
The Arden Theatre is closed until further notice. The Arden Theatre Box Office is reaching out to ticket holders with more information on dates, refunds or credit options. Questions can be directed to the box office at email@example.com.
To learn about upcoming virtual performances, visit The Arden Theatre or call 780-459-1542.
Performing Art Classes
Effective immediately, all performing arts classes will be virtual only until further notice.
To sign up for online performing arts classes, visit stalbert.ca/arts-classes.
NEW: Recreation Centres
The provincial announcement directly impacts the City’s recreation programming and requires the closure of some current programs and services.
Servus Credit Union Place
Not Available - effective April 7
- Drop-in at Tailor Made Insurance Fitness and Wellness Centre and Christenson Developments Track and Training Centre
- Indoor in-person fitness programs and drop-in classes
- Outdoor drop-in classes (reservation required), registered programs and virtual fitness programs and drop-in classes
- Personal fitness with trainer (one-on-one or one-on-one household training)
- Bookings by phone only at 780-418-6088.
- May include high-intensity activities, will be available in-person and virtually
- Fieldhouses and gymnasium bookings are limited to youth sport partners and schools
Fountain Park Recreation Centre
- One-on-one and one-on-one household swimming lessons and swim club bookings.
To reserve/register for any of these activities, visit activity.stalbert.ca or call Servus Place at 780-418-6088 or Fountain Park Recreation Centre at 780-459-1553.
Further information on modified operations to indoor recreation activities can be found at Welcome Back.
Fields, sport courts and pavilions
The following amenities are now open: Woodlands Skatepark, outdoor sport courts (tennis and pickleball), pavilions, BLESS platform, portable toilets at Alpine and Rotary Parks, Lions Park washrooms and Larry Olexiuk field. Sports fields are anticipated to open as early as May 3. Openings are dependent upon weather and may open sooner if possible.
Aquatics and pools
The City hopes to further open aquatics at Fountain Park Recreation Centre (public swim, lane swim) Woodlands Water Play Park and Grosvenor Outdoor Pool once provincial public health measures allow. More information will be available once items are confirmed for opening.
As per the provincial guidelines, all activities must be reserved ahead of time and are by appointment only. No walk-ins are allowed. As well to ensure the safety of all participants, provincial public health measures are in place which include:
- A mandatory physical distance of three metres is required from others at all times for indoor fitness activities.
- Face coverings are required to be worn within all City recreation facilities, including when participating in low-intensity fitness activities. Face coverings must also be worn before and after swimming. Face coverings are not required when participating in one-on-one high-intensity training.
All virtual programming continues at this time.
On February 16, the City reopened its gymnasium, fieldhouses and indoor arenas for booked use only to youth community sport partners and for curriculum-related activities for schools.
If you have questions, call or email:
- Aquatics at 780-459-1553 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Monday to Friday - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday/Sunday - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Closed on statutory holidays and statutory holiday weekends.
- Fitness or Recreation at 780-418-6088 or email@example.com, Monday to Friday - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday/Sunday - 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Closed on all statutory holidays and statutory holiday weekends.
When participating in outdoor activities, remember to follow all Provincial Public Health Measures in place.
- Chief Medical Officer of Health Update - April 6, 2021
- Government of Alberta – Stronger Public Health Measures
- City of St. Albert – Information on COVID-19
- Government of Alberta - COVID Loves
Last edited: April 9, 2021