On Friday, September 24, the Government of Alberta provided additional direction regarding the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP). Of note, coaches, instructors, trainers, referees and other sport volunteers, who are 18 and older, are now subject to the Restrictions Exemption Program.
Effective September 30, anyone performing these duties in City of Red Deer owned and operated facilities are required to provide proof of vaccination, negative COVID-19 test result or proof of medical exemption.
Previous communications from the Government of Alberta indicated that these individuals would be exempt from the REP; however, we continue to receive new information from the province as they make changes and clarifications to the program. As the City of Red Deer has adopted the Restrictions Exemption Program, we are required to adhere to all components, as outlined by the Government of Alberta. This change applies to all facilities participating in the Restrictions Exemption program; it was not a Red Deer specific decision.
More information about the Restriction Exemption Program, including acceptable proof of vaccination, medical exemption or negative test result, is available here: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-public-health-actions.aspx. Further detail is also available here: Requirements for the Restriction Exemption Program.
As a reminder, all vaccine-eligible visitors ages 18 and over, as well as those ages 12-17 who are not actively participating in programming, will need to show a valid identification card along with their proof of vaccination, medical exemption or negative COVID-19 test result to enter City of Red Deer owned and operated facilities.
Please visit www.reddeer.ca/RecUpdate for more information about the Restrictions Exemption Program at our facilities.