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City prepares for phase 2 of Alberta Relaunch Strategy

June 9, 2020 4:58 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Following the provincial government’s announcement today, The City of Red Deer is reviewing and analyzing our re-opening plans in alignment with the guidelines outlined in stage 2 of the Alberta Relaunch Strategy.

Under stage 2, recreation amenities, including recreation centres, arenas and swimming pools are permitted to open as of Friday, June 12 in accordance with public health orders and other guidelines. However, it will take The City some time to operationalize this change in some areas, specifically for amenities such as recreation centres.  

The safety of staff and residents remains our top priority, and we are working to develop a plan to open additional amenities in a way that protects Red Deerians and prevents the spread of COVID-19.

“We know Red Deerians are anxious to return to their favourite recreation amenities and resume their usual physical activities,” said Shelley Gagnon, Manager of Recreation, Parks & Culture. “The opening of amenities is complex, and we are working hard to balance the need to get these facilities open with the need to ensure the health and safety of everyone.”

In the coming days, staff will review the Relaunch Strategy documents to determine how to move forward with the re-opening of amenities. While the Relaunch Strategy indicates amenities can open as of Friday, there is work that needs to be done to ensure we can welcome users back in a safe way. Staff need to be recalled to work, new policies and procedures need to be developed and implemented, PPE needs to be sourced and coordinated, and facilities need to be assessed, cleaned and inspected.

We expect the opening of amenities will be phased in as we adjust to the guidelines and recommendations from Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

The exact timing for the opening of these amenities is still under review, and we will share information and updates as timelines are confirmed.

We thank residents for their ongoing support and cooperation in following all public health orders while we evaluate and open amenities when it is safe to do so. User groups and other users are encouraged to visit the Government of Alberta for more information regarding specific guidelines and restrictions.

For more information, contact:

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer

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