For Immediate Release / February 4, 2021
Update on City of St. Albert’s Response To COVID-19
Update for February 4, 2021
The City of St. Albert continues to take a thoughtful and measured approach in its response to COVID-19. Unless listed on the facility closures or in this release, all City services are still available for access by phone, email or online.
Due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, this information is considered current as of the date of distribution.
The City is aligning with the province’s The Path Forward, which is a stepped approach to easing restrictions based on hospitalization. At the February 4 Special Council Meeting, Council authorized the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to reopen and/or close facilities when necessary to comply with provincial public health orders and guidelines. Facilities may have modified services and service levels and any decisions will be based on financial viability and public demand.
Council also authorized the CAO to remove ice from two arenas and drain water from the Landrex Water Play Centre, as soon as operationally possible in an effort to balance demand and operational costs. Indoor recreation facilities will remain closed to the general public.
Under Step 1 of the province’s The Path Forward, the City is exploring opening amenities such as indoor ice surfaces, fields and gymnasium for sport groups who can do one-on-one training and schools. The City will also investigate the potential opening of the fitness centre for in-person one-on-one training. The City is determining the need and potential timing to offer this service as well as virtual one-on-one training and virtual sport team and dryland training.
Prior to reopening any facility under provincial guidelines, the City needs to ready the facility by ensuring maintenance, cleaning and any modifications are complete, and recalling staff which can take up to seven to 10 days after decisions are made. Decisions will be based on user need, fiscal viability, and alignment with provincial guidelines. The City is also awaiting the detailed provincial public health orders, which are expected to be released on or around February 8. More information will be provided when these decisions are made at stalbert.ca/covid19.
We encourage St. Albertans to stay active through virtual fitness classes and physical-distanced, individual outdoor recreation activities, pathways and trails, tobogganing hills, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fat biking, skating and more.
The City thanks its residents and patrons as we continue to work through our response to COVID-19.
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Last edited: February 4, 2021