Vegreville, AB (October 6, 2021) – At the consensus of council, reached during the October 5, 2021, Legislative Committee meeting it was determined that changes would be implemented to COVID-19 related restrictions at some Town of Vegreville facilities.
The following facilities will now fall under the Restrictions Exemption Program WITH an exemption for vaccine eligible youth (ages 12-17) sport participants:
- Wally Fedun Arena
- Vegreville Aquatic and Fitness Facility (including pool, weight room, cardio room, and racquetball, wallyball and squash court)
- Dance Studio (located in the Vegreville Aquatic and Fitness Facility)
- Vegreville Centennial Library Gymnasium
- Vegreville Multiplex
As outlined by the Government of Alberta, the following will be in effect at the above facilities (except for the Wally Fedun Arena – further details below) as of Wednesday, October 6, 2021.
- Vaccine eligible adults entering any of the above facilities, be it participant, spectator, coach, official, volunteer or otherwise, will require proof of vaccination, proof of vaccine medical exemption or proof of a privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test within 72 hours of entry into the facility.
- Participants in youth sport, aged 12-17 years, are exempt from providing proof of vaccination/negative test, or medical exemption.
- Volunteers/coaches, aged 12-17 years, are exempt from providing proof of vaccination/negative test.
- Officials, aged 12-17 years, are exempt from providing proof of vaccination/negative test.
- Youth, aged 12-17, wishing to participate in other amenities other than youth-specific sports activities (i.e., use of weight room, cardio room, swimming, etc.) will be required to provide proof of vaccine, negative test, or medical exemption to do so.
- All spectators, aged 12 years and older, must provide proof of vaccination/negative test, or medial exemption.
- All spectators must continue to wear face masks.
To ensure adequate notice time for user groups, the above restrictions will be deferred only at the Wally Fedun Arena until Tuesday, October 19, 2021.
According to the Government of Alberta, proof of single dose vaccination – so long as the dose was administered 14 days prior to entry into a Restrictions Exemption Program facility – will be accepted until October 25, 2021. After October 25, 2021, proof of full vaccination at least 14 days prior to entry into a facility will be required.
The restrictions at other Town of Vegreville facilities that, in step with the Government of Alberta, were implemented on September 22, 2021 remain unchanged and in effect.
Those facility restrictions include:
Administration Building: The Administration Building, including Vegreville & District FCSS and Infrastructure, Planning and Development offices as well as Council Chambers, will operate with a capacity limit of 1/3 of the fire code occupancy. Additionally, all staff, patrons and visitors of the facility are required to mask and ensure 2-metres of physical distancing between themselves and others.
Vegreville Sanitary Landfill: The landfill office area will be limited to one patron at a time. Masks will be mandatory to enter the office area.
Vegreville Social Centre: The Social Centre will implement the Restrictions Exemption Program. Lease holders of this facility will be held legally responsible to ensure that, as outlined by the Government of Alberta, all vaccine eligible guests attending the event at the Social Centre as organized by the lessee provide either proof of double vaccination or proof of a privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test within 72 hours of entry into the facility.
Public Works Building: The Public Works building will be closed to the public. A phone number will be posted on the door of the building and, for public/customers to enter, an appointment must be scheduled, and the individual(s) must provide proof of double vaccination.
Vegreville Material Recovery Facility (VMRF): The Vegreville Materials Recovery Facility will be closed to the public. A phone number will be posted on the door of the building and, for public/customers to enter, an appointment must be scheduled, and the individual(s) must provide proof of double vaccination.
Emergency Services (Fire Hall): The Emergency Services building will be closed to the public. A phone number will be posted on the door of the building and for public/customers to enter, an appointment must be scheduled, and the individual(s) must provide proof of double vaccination.
Vegreville Museum: Closed to the public.
Vegreville Event Centre (located at the Vegreville Museum): Closed to the public.
More information of the Government of Alberta’s COVID-19 public health actions can be found here.
Albertans 12 and older can get a card-sized vaccine record through the Government of Alberta here.
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About Vegreville: Home to the World’s Largest Freestanding Pysanka (Ukrainian Easter Egg), the Town of Vegreville is located about 100 kilometers east of Edmonton and conveniently adjacent to Highways 16 and 36, two of Western Canada’s major transportation corridors. A friendly and thriving community, Vegreville has positioned itself to become a future hub of Agriculture and Industrial Business thanks to its proximity to major cross-continental highways, access to TELUS PureFibre internet and the now under construction Prosperity Industrial Park.
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