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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 / Categories: Press Releases

Press Release - COVID-19 Update for Whitecourt June 9, 2021

Stage 2 of the Government of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan starts on Thursday, June 10.    Under Stage 2 the Province has eased some mandatory restrictions as vaccine targets have been reached and hospitalizations have declined across Alberta.  Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect across the province.

Allan & Jean Millar Centre re-opens June 10

With the easing of restrictions, portions of the Allan & Jean Millar Centre will re-open to the public on Thursday, June 10; however, hours and capacity will be limited as provincial public health guidelines remain in place.   Until further notice, hours of operations for the facility are:
Monday: 5:45am – 6:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am – 8:00pm
Wednesday: 5:45am – 6:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am – 8:00pm
Friday: 5:45am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday: Closed

As access to the Allan & Jean Millar Centre remains limited, all memberships remain on hold at this time; however, current members will be provided the option to either pay the daily admission rate, or purchase a one-month membership with an additional 15% discount. For further information, please contact the Allan & Jean Millar Centre at 780-778-3637.

Distancing is required in all areas of the facility.  Masks must be worn upon entering the facility until you reach the area you will be active in.  Masks can then be removed while working out or playing a sport.  Please put masks back on after you are done the activity and when leaving the facility.

JR’s Pressure Services Fieldhouse:

  • Drop-in sports will be scheduled.  Follow the Allan & Jean Millar Centre Facebook page for times and sports.
  • Household bookings are available.  Call 780-778-3637 to book.
  • Sport group bookings are available.  Call 780-778-3637 to book.

Pembina Fitness Centre and Rotary Running Track:

  • No pre-registration is required.
  • Drop-in is allowed (up to a capacity limit).
  • Masks are not required while working out.
  • 3-metres of distance must be maintained between all guests and staff in the Pembina Fitness Centre and Rotary       Running Track at all times (unless from the same household).  

Fitness Classes

  • Outdoor fitness classes and member only virtual classes will continue.
  • Indoor fitness classes will resume.  Please visit rec.whitecourt.ca to register, 3-metres must be maintained between all participants and staff at all times. 

Child Mind will be available Monday - Friday 9:00am – 12:00pm, and Saturday from 10:00am-12:00pm. 

The Whitecourt McDonalds Go Active Zone remains closed until further notice.

The Energy Transfer Canada Aquatic Centre remains closed until further notice as an emergency repair is being completed due to a pipe break. The Aquatic Centre is anticipated to open for the Heritage Day weekend.

Forest Interpretive Centre re-opens June 14

The Forest Interpretive Centre will be open for visitor information services, and available for public rentals (within the guidelines of current public health regulations) as of Monday, June 14.  The facility will be open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm (closed between 12:00 and 1:00pm).

Stage 2 of the Open for Summer Plan

As part of the Province’s Open for Summer Plan, the following come into effective as of June 10:

  • Outdoor social gatherings of up to 20 people is permitted with distancing (indoor social gatherings still not permitted);
  • Indoor recreation, entertainment and other settings (recreation centres, arenas, casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, libraries, etc.) can open at 1/3 of fire code occupancy;
  • Gyms and fitness studios can open for solo and drop-in activities and indoor fitness classes with 3-metre distancing;
  • Funeral services can be held with up to 20 people, indoors and outdoors (receptions permitted outdoors only);
  • Wedding ceremonies can be held with up to 20 people, indoors and outdoors (receptions permitted outdoors only);
  • Places of worship can hold in-person services for 1/3 of fire code occupancy;
  • Personal and wellness services can resume walk-in service;
  • Post-secondary schools can resume in-person learning;
  • Restaurants can open both indoor and outdoor with 6 people per table maximum;
  • Retail occupancy rates increase to 1/3 of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance);
  • Youth activities (day camps, overnight camps, play centres) can resume with restrictions;
  • Youth and adult sports can resume with no restrictions, indoors and outdoors;
  • Outdoor public gatherings (concerts/festivals) can be held with up to 150 people;
  • Outdoor fixed seating facilities (grandstands) can operate at 1/3 seated capacity;
  • The work from home order is lifted but still recommended;
  • Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect.
  • For more information please visit https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx

Stage 3 of the Province’s Open for Summer Plan is expected to go into effect 2 weeks after 70% of Albertans have received their first dose of vaccine. For details on the plan, please visit https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx 

Vaccine Information

Everyone born in 2009 or before can get their first dose now.  Second doses have been opened up in a staged approach based on when the first dose was given. For details visit https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx 

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