Public Health Measures

On December 21, 2021, the Government of Alberta announced new public health measures to reduce contact between Albertans as Omicron cases continue to grow.  

New mandatory measures take effect at 12:01 a.m. on December 24 are:

  • For venues in the Restrictions Exemption Program – 50 per cent capacity limit at venues that seat more than 1,000 people. For venues with capacity of between 500 and 1,000 occupants, 500 is the limit.
  • No food or drink consumption in seated audience settings or during intermissions in the above-mentioned venues.
  • City facilities impacted by this measure include Go Auto Arena in Servus Credit Union Place, Jarome Iginla/Kinex Arenas and the Arden Theatre in St. Albert Place. 
  • There is no impact on venues under 500.

All other restrictions remain in effect including restrictions for both indoor and outdoor social gatherings, masking in indoor public spaces etc. For complete details, visit the Government of Alberta’s COVID-19 Public Health Actions webpage.   

Restrictions Exemption Program 

On September 16, 2021, St. Albert City Council held a special Council Meeting and moved to implement the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) with the intent to allow vaccinated users to experience as little disruption as possible to their normal routines and activities. 

On September 20, 2021, the Restrictions Exemption Program was implemented at all City recreational and cultural facilities in St. Albert. Please note: the free rapid test kits announced by the Government of Alberta on December 15 cannot be used for REP, which requires privately paid test results. 

What facilities are included in this program?

  • Servus Credit Union Place
  • Fountain Park Recreation Centre
  • Jarome Iginla/Kinex Arenas
  • The Arden Theatre
  • City Arts Space

Masks are required indoors in these facilities (with the typical exceptions included: no masking under 2 years old, consuming food or drink, mask medical exception letter, etc.).

Youth under 18 who are participating in an organized youth-only sport, recreation or performance activity will not be required to provide proof of vaccination etc. at City recreation or cultural facilities. 

Youth 12 to 17 who are participating in drop-in/spontaneous activities will be required to provide proof of vaccination, a negative COVID test or a vaccine medical exception letter to participate. This change is occurring to align with provincial public health measures, as drop-in activities may also include adults. Personal identification for youth under 18 is still not required.

Youth 12 and over who are observing a sport, recreation or performance activity will continue to be required to provide proof of vaccination, proof of privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test or a vaccine medical exception letter at City recreation or cultural facilities.
 

All other City-operated facilities that are public-facing, including St. Albert Place, are deemed essential services as they are government offices. They are not part of the Restrictions Exemption Program. Provincial public health measures are being followed in those facilities.  

What do I need to gain entry into a recreational or cultural facility?

As of September 20, 2021, people aged 12 and over* are required to show one of the following to enter a City recreational or cultural facility:  

  • Proof of full vaccination 
    • Note: As of November 15, Alberta vaccine records with QR codes (printed or digital) will be the only valid Alberta proof of vaccination accepted by operators participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program. Vaccine records from First Nations, military, other provinces, and international travellers will continue to be accepted. 
  • Proof of a privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test within 72 hours of service. (To access a privately-paid PCR or Rapid Test, please contact your nearest pharmacy or private medical lab. As per the Government of Alberta, tests from AHS or Alberta Precision Laboratories are ineligible for the program.) 
    • Valid test results should be a written or printed copy that clearly outlines the type of test, time of sample collection, clear indication of a negative result, and laboratory that completed the test, if applicable. 
    • Please note: the free rapid test kits announced by the Government of Alberta on December 15 cannot be used for REP, which requires privately paid test results. 
  • A vaccine medical exception letter, which is the original signed letter from a physician or nurse practitioner that includes:
    • Person's name that matches their identification.
    • Physician’s or nurse practitioner’s complete information, including:
      • name, phone number, contact information, professional registration number and signature
      • statement that there is a medical reason for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 
      • Date the written confirmation was provided and the length of time the exception is valid. 

Valid personal identification (birth certificate, driver’s licence etc.) is required for adults 18 and older. 

For specific details on the Restrictions Exemption Program, visit the Government of Alberta's Public Health Actions webpage. 

 

What are the restrictions for under 18? Do youth need to provide vaccination proof?

*Youth under 18 who are participating in an organized youth-only sport, recreation or performance activity will not be required to provide proof of vaccination etc. at City recreational or cultural facilities.

Youth, 12 to 17, who are participating in drop-in/spontaneous activities will be required to provide proof of vaccination, a negative COVID test or a vaccine medical exception letter to participate. This change is occurring to align with provincial public health measures, as drop-in activities may also include adults. Personal identification for youth under 18 is still not required.

Youth 12 and over who are observing a sport, recreation or performance activity will continue to be required to provide proof of vaccination, proof of privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test or a vaccine medical exception letter at City recreational or cultural facilities.

Why was the Restrictions Exemption Program chosen?

By choosing the Restrictions Exemption Program for our recreational and cultural facilities, the City can continue operating with limited restrictions. This means our facilities remain open and continue to offer as many amenities as possible. 

If the City had not chosen the Restrictions Exemption Program, there would have been significant capacity and operating restrictions for our recreational and cultural activities as outlined by the Government of Alberta. This means indoor group classes and adult activities would have been cancelled and indoor competitions would have been paused except where vaccine exemptions were granted. Also, capacity would have been reduced to 1/3 fire code occupancy.

The Restrictions Exemption Program provides the opportunity for as many people as possible to enjoy our facilities. 

Is masking mandatory?
You are required to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces, workplaces and places of worship. As the City is following provincial direction, if you are not wearing a mask to gain access to a City recreation or cultural facility, you will be asked to show a mask medical exception letter to enter. We thank you for your understanding. 

Where can I find more information on the program?

For Restrictions Exemption Program details, visit the Government of Alberta’s COVID-19 Public Health Actions
 


As we launch this program, we ask St. Albertans to arrive at facilities a little earlier than normal. Please be patient with City staff as they review proper documentation.

The City thanks its residents and patrons for their ongoing cooperation as we implement the new Restrictions Exemption Program and continue to work through our response to COVID-19. 


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Last edited: January 11, 2022