Press Release - COVID-19 Update for Whitecourt September 17, 2021
Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency and has implemented new health measures to expand capacity, increase vaccination rates and reduce transmission of COVID-19. Measures in workplaces, indoor private gatherings, places of worship, schools and children’s activities, as well as mandatory masking and physical distancing in all indoor public spaces are in effect. For a complete list of all new temporary measures, please visit www.alberta.ca/covid-19-public-health-actions.aspx.
The Province has also introduced a Restrictions Exemption Program that will begin Monday, September 20. Discretionary events and businesses (restaurants, recreation facilities, retail businesses, etc.) must either adopt the Program, or follow capacity and operation restrictions that will come into effect September 20. Businesses that implement the Restrictions Exemption Program would operate as usual, provided they are serving only people who have proof of immunization or who have a recent privately paid negative test, as per the requirements in place. For more information on the program visit www.alberta.ca/covid-19-public-health-actions.aspx.
Impact to Town Operations
Allan & Jean Millar Centre
The Town of Whitecourt will be implementing the Restrictions Exemption Program at the Allan & Jean Millar Centre.
Starting September 20, users and spectators at the Allan & Jean Millar Centre will be required to show proof of vaccination or a recent privately paid negative COVID-19 test. Users and sport spectators will be required to provide:
- Proof of double vaccination (note that for a transitional period between September 20 and October 25, proof of a single dose would be considered acceptable as long as the dose was given two weeks or more before the time of service).
- Documentation of medical exemption for those with a vaccine exemption.
- Proof of a recent (within the previous 72 hours) negative COVID-19 test (either PCR or Rapid Test). Per provincial guidelines, the test may not be from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories.
- Those under age 12 will not need to provide proof of immunization or a negative test to enter the facility.
- For those 18 and under, proof of vaccination is not required when participating in recreational organized sport or school activities (i.e. minor soccer).
The Allan & Jean Millar Centre is being used as a voting station for the 2021 Federal Election on September 20. Those attending the facility to vote will not be required to meet the requirements of the Restrictions Exemption Program.
The Aquatic Centre at the Allan & Jean Millar Centre will reopen to the public on September 20. Please visit the Allan & Jean Millar Facebook page for a current schedule.
As all areas of the facility will be open for use starting next week, Allan & Jean Millar Centre memberships will be re-instated. Members that will be unable to attend the facility due to the Restrictions Exemption Program should contact the facility at 780-778-3637 to discuss options.
Forest Interpretive Centre
- The Forest Interpretive Centre will operate at 1/3 fire code capacity. The facility will remain available for business and approved support group rentals.
- Masks and 2 metres physical distancing are required.
Scott Safety Centre
- Spectator attendance is restricted to 1/3 fire code capacity, attendees are limited to a single household or 2 close contacts if living alone and must be masked and must maintain 2 metres physical distancing.
- For those 12 and over participating in recreation hockey, shinney and public skating the Restrictions Exemption Program will apply.
Albertans can access copies of their COVID-19 vaccination records through MyHealth Records. For the time being, Albertans should avoid logging into MyHealth Records to download their records. The printable card, which was going to be made available on September 16, will now be available on September 19.
Get fully vaccinated
More than 79.5 per cent of eligible Albertans are now protected with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 71.4 per cent are fully vaccinated. Vaccines dramatically reduce the risk of severe outcomes and the risk of infection.
Vaccines are the most powerful tool in the fight against COVID-19. Vaccine appointments are widely available through AHS or participating pharmacies and physician clinics. Book yours at alberta.ca/vaccine. First doses are also available at select walk-in clinic locations. Two doses provide maximum effectiveness and long-lasting protection.