Know before you go: recreation, parks and culture facilities

Wellness Centre at Glen Allan Recreation Complex.

As we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, amenities and services at Strathcona County facilities need to quickly adapt to changing circumstances. On this page, you'll find a listing of active bylaws, restrictions or safety measures that impact our recreation facilities, as well as measures you can take to better prepare for your visit.

Restriction Exemption Program

On September 20, 2021 Strathcona County adopted the Restriction Exemption Program. To access non-essential services such as recreation facilities, Festival Place, Strathcona County Museum and Archives and Gallery@501, please be prepared to present ID (18+), and proof of completed vaccination series, medical exemption or privately-paid negative COVID-19 test result (taken within last 72 hours).

*Exception: youth aged 12-17 - view exception details

Last Modified: Oct. 25, 2021, 5:59 p.m.

QR code vaccination records

The Provincial app for QR code scanning is now available for download. Digital scanning for QR codes will be in effect in our facilities prior to November 15; other forms of vaccination proof will be accepted up until November 14.

Effective November 15, the Alberta government has directed that a scannable QR code will be the only accepted way to check vaccination status by those organizations participating in the Restriction Exemption Program (REP). When scanned, the information will only display the guest's name, birthdate and vaccination status. It is not connected to any other personal information. A piece of ID is still required for guests over the age of 18 years.

Last Modified: Oct. 25, 2021, 5:59 p.m.

Know before you go: Restriction Exemption Program

  • To access non-essential Recreation, Parks and Culture indoor facilities, guests 12 years of age and older are required to show one of the following (note: guests over 18 years of age must also produce government-issued photo ID):

    • Proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination series
      • Completed series must be administered more than 14 days prior to date of service
      • Proof of completed series includes two doses for AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer, or one dose of Johnson&Johnson.
    • Privately-paid negative COVID-19 test result  
      • Within 72 hours prior to service 
      • Rapid or PCR test only 
      • AHS and Alberta Precision Laboratories results not permitted  
    • Medical exemption documentation: the Alberta government's Restriction Exemption Program does not recognize religious exemptions.

    The Provincial app to scan QR codes for proof of vaccination is available for download. The County will accept a digital or paper copy that contains the QR code, vaccination record and legal name. Digital scanning for QR codes will be in effect in our facilities prior to November 15.

    Effective November 15, the Alberta government has directed that a scannable QR code will be the only accepted way to check vaccination status by those organizations participating in the Restriction Exemption Program (REP). When scanned, the information will only display the guest's name, birthdate and vaccination status. It is not connected to any other personal information. A piece of ID is still required for guests over the age of 18 years.

  • On-site security is present to assist with managing the review of our guest’s proof of vaccination in an orderly fashion, and ensuring guests are informed and aware of COVID19 safety protocols when visiting our facilities. Security personnel help free up our staff to focus on guest programming needs. 

  • Why is the County requiring proof of vaccination? 
    By participating in Restriction Exemption Program, Strathcona County is able to provide its maximum level of County programs and services safely, as part of our commitment to positively support community mental, social and physical well-being. 

    Do you keep copies of my records? 
    Strathcona County does not collect or retain personal health information records.  

    What if I don’t want to get a vaccination? 
    Guests are welcome to provide a privately-paid COVID19 test result within the previous 72 hours of accessing our recreation facilities. Please note, AHS and Alberta Precision Laboratories testing results are not accepted.

    Can the at-home rapid testing program for schools (announced by the province on October 5) be used to demonstrate a negative test in the last 72 hours to visit an REP site?
    *No. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test must be privately paid for as part of the REP program.
    *At this time, youth (12-17) participating in sport, fitness, recreation and performance activities are only required to screen for symptoms; maintain 2-metres distancing where possible and wear a mask (except while engaged in physical activity). If youth are spectating, proof of vaccination, medical exemption or paid negative COVID-19 test is required.

    Are birthday parties, weddings, funerals and other indoor event activities still allowed at an REP site?
    Yes. These activities can occur at an REP site provided all attendees follow REP requirements. This includes proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in the last 72 hours, or a medical exemption letter. In addition, for these activities masking is required at all times indoors unless eating/drinking, participating in physical activity, or if an individual has a medical exemption letter for masking.

    The province notes there are limits on capacity for social gatherings. Does this impact REP sites?
    No. Fire code capacities are followed for REP sites.

    Are religious exemptions accepted for one looking to attend an REP site?
    No. The Alberta government’s Restriction Exemption Program does not recognize religious exemptions.

    I forgot my proof of vaccination – can I still access the facility? 
    Strathcona County’s participation in the Government of Alberta’s Restriction Exemption Program requires all eligible guests to provide proof of vaccination, or a negative privately-paid COVID test result or proof of medical exemption. For the safety of our guests and staff, no admittance will be permitted without proof of vaccination/exemption. 

    How do I get a refund? 
    Please contact your booking facility directly for information on refunds and cancellations. 

    I can’t access my vaccination records – can I still participate? 
    Strathcona County’s participation in the Government of Alberta’s Restriction Exemption Program requires all eligible guests to provide proof of vaccination, or a negative privately-paid COVID test result or proof of medical exemption. For the safety of our guests and staff, no admittance will be permitted without proof of vaccination/exemption. 

    If I’m vaccinated, do I still need to wear a mask? 
    Masking is still mandatory in all public indoor spaces (ages two and over), except when participating in physical activity or medically exempt. 

    Do I need to bring my proof of vaccination every time I enter the recreation facility?  
    At this time, proof of vaccination is required each time you enter the facility to access non-essential programming or services with Strathcona County. Strathcona County is monitoring the availability of a QR Code from the Government of Alberta and will share an update, once available. 

    I can’t get vaccinated – why do I have to show you my medical exemption? 
    Strathcona County is following the Government of Alberta’s guidance for the Restriction Exemption Program. Proof of medical exemption is required to gain access to non-essential services without proof of vaccinations. Strathcona County does not collect or retain personal medical records. If you would prefer to not show your medical exemption, you are welcome to show your negative privately-paid COVID test result within 72 hours before attending our facility. 

    Why do I need to show my proof of vaccination/exemption information to Strathcona County?
    As a participant in the Alberta Government's Restriction Exemption Program, Strathcona County is authorized and required to ask for proof of vaccination/exemptions, as part of the Health Order's conditions for entry.

    What can if I (or my group) doesn’t want to participate in the Restriction Exception Program? 
    Strathcona County is following the Government of Alberta’s guidance for the Restriction Exemption Program. Proof of medical exemption is required to gain access to non-essential services without proof of vaccination/exemption. For the safety of our guests and staff, no admittance will be permitted without proof of vaccination/exemption. 

    Do I require proof of vaccination for essential services? 
    Proof of vaccination is not required to access essential County services, such as in-person bill payments, counselling supports and transit services. Recreation and culture facility access and programs are not deemed essential services.

    Can I get exempted because I am unvaccinated and I don't want to be separated from my children who are attending the facility?
    According to the provincial Health Order’s Restriction Exemption Program, all spectators 12+ within any REP facility are required to provide proof of vaccination or a medical exemption or a negative COVID-19 test (privately paid, results within 72 hours of visit) to access non-essential activities. If spectators choose not to vaccinate or share their vaccination status, they can provide one of these other forms of documentation. 

    Guardians are welcome to have another trusted adult who has proof or exemption documents to escort the youth to their activities. County staff cannot be responsible for unattended youth unless that youth is attending a registered, County-run program. 

    The REP is legally enforceable by the provincial government, and there are no other exceptions granted. If the County made any exceptions that are not under the REP, we could be fined up to $100,000. These same rules apply to any participating community or organization. 


Fitness facilities

  • Effective Monday, September 20, proof of COVID-19 vaccination, privately-paid negative test, or medical exemption must be presented for admittance to our indoor recreation facilities as well as Emerald Hills Pavilion. Guests over 18 years of age must also produce government-issued photo ID.
  • Masks are required in all indoor settings except for those under the age of 2, if you're actively engaged in physical activity, or qualify for a medical exemption.
  • Maintain two metres distance where possible, except while engaged in physical activities. This includes common areas in indoor facilities such as lobbies, changerooms and spectator seating.
  • Pre-booking fitness activity timeslots is no longer required for the Wellness Centres at Millennium Place, Glen Allan Recreation Complex and Ardrossan Recreation Complex.
  • Indoor courts at Glen Allan Recreation Complex can be pre-booked, or you can drop-in.

Child care, youth and teen activity spaces

  • Effective Monday, September 20, proof of COVID-19 vaccination, privately-paid negative test, or medical exemption must be presented for admittance to our indoor recreation facilities.
    • At this time, youth (12-17) participating in sport, fitness, recreation and performance activities are only required to screen for symptoms; maintain 2-metres distancing where possible and wear a mask (except while engaged in physical activity). If youth are spectating, proof of vaccination, medical exemption or paid negative COVID-19 test is required. This approach is subject to clarification from the Province.
  • Masks are required in all indoor settings except for those under the age of 2, if you're actively engaged in physical activity, or qualify for a medical exemption.
    • Youth under 18 may remove their mask while engaged in physical activities such as team sports.
  • Maintain two metres distance where possible, except while engaged in physical activities. This includes common areas in indoor facilities such as lobbies, changerooms and spectator seating.
  • The Fun Factory and Youth Lounge at Millennium Place and Ardrossan Recreation Complex are closed until further notice.

Aquatics

  • Effective Monday, September 20, proof of COVID-19 vaccination, privately-paid negative test, or medical exemption must be presented for admittance to our indoor aquatics facilities. Guests over 18 years of age must also produce government-issued photo ID.
  • Masks are required in all indoor settings except for those under the age of 2, if you're actively engaged in physical activity, or qualify for a medical exemption.
    • Masks are not required in the pool area, but must be worn within pool changerooms.
  • For recreational swimming activities, capacity will be reduced to support the physical distancing requirement in the changerooms.
  • Recreational swim at Millennium Place, Emerald Hills Leisure Centre and Kinsmen Leisure Centre have reduced capacities, as staff are hired and trained.
  • Activity timeslots are no longer required to use aquatics facilities in Strathcona County.

Arena and skating activities

  • Effective Monday, September 20, proof of COVID-19 vaccination, privately-paid negative test, or medical exemption must be presented for admittance to our indoor skating facilities.
    • At this time, youth (12-17) participating in sport, fitness, recreation and performance activities are only required to screen for symptoms; maintain 2-metres distancing where possible and wear a mask (except while engaged in physical activity). If youth are spectating, proof of vaccination, medical exemption or paid negative COVID-19 test is required. This approach is subject to clarification from the Province.
  • Masks are required in all indoor settings except for those under the age of 2, if you're actively engaged in physical activity, or qualify for a medical exemption.
  • Maintain two metres distance where possible, except while engaged in physical activities. This includes common areas in indoor facilities such as lobbies, changerooms and spectator seating.
  • Teams should limit their arrival times and time in dressing rooms to 30 minutes pre- and post-booking time. Consider coming pre-dressed if possible.
  • Shinny timeslots at Millennium Place and Glen Allan Recreation Complex currently require advance booking.
  • Family stick and skate time slots at Millennium Place currently require advance booking.

View current drop-in activities

Culture facilities

  • Effective Monday, September 20, proof of COVID-19 vaccination, privately-paid negative test, or medical exemption must be presented for admittance to Festival Place, Smeltzer House and Gallery@501. Guests over 18 years of age must also produce government-issued photo ID.
  • Masks are required in all indoor settings except for those under the age of 2, if you're actively engaged in physical activity, or qualify for a medical exemption.
  • Festival Place
    • Youth (12-17) PARTICIPATING in performance activities are only required to screen for symptoms; maintain 2-metres distancing where possible and wear a mask (except while engaged in physical activity). If youth are SPECTATING, proof of vaccination, medical exemption or paid negative COVID-19 test is required.
    • During Festival Place performances, we ask that masks stay on while enjoying the performance. Masks may be temporarily removed while eating or drinking.

Know before you go: recreation and culture programs

Considerations for general safety, as well as COVID-19 restrictions can vary depending on the type of program you are participating in. Please refer to each of our program areas to learn what you need to know before you arrive:

Monthly pass 

Millennium Card (continuous) memberships remain on hold and will continue to remain on hold with no payments being taken until further notice. An interim one-month pass continues to be offered.


Questions?
780-467-2211
recreation@strathcona.ca

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Last updated: Monday, October 25, 2021
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