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Lac La Biche County Operations and Government of Alberta COVID-19 Restrictions (Updated September 17, 2021)

Post Date:09/16/2021 10:52 AM

The Government of Alberta declared a state of public health emergency on Wednesday, September 15, and announced a number of public health actions that all jurisdictions in Alberta are required to follow.

At a Special Council Meeting held on Friday, September 17, Lac La Biche County Council reviewed the province’s Restrictions Exemptions Program. They chose to implement the business and operating restrictions outlined by the Province rather than the Restrictions Exemption Program, and beginning September 20, 2021, the following changes to County facilities, programs, and services will apply. 

Please ensure that you familiarize yourself with the Government of Alberta's enhanced public health measures, and be sure to follow all of those that apply to you and your family.

Bold Center

  • The Bold Center will be operating under the Government of Alberta’s restrictions from 6 am to 11 pm, except for statutory holidays. All changes listed under sport, fitness, recreation and performance activities (linked here) will apply.
  • Space for activities (fitness, drop-in times, Child Mind, etc.) is limited to first-come, first-served, until 1/3 capacity is reached.
  • Public drop-in-times (public swims, open ice times, and field house drop-ins) are limited capacity, with distancing maintained and no games-practices for adults (18 years of age+).
  • All common areas/spaces require individuals to wear masks (unless participating in a physical activity and/or those who have a medical exemption authorized by a health professional and can present medical exemption letter at time of entry). Masking when conducting permitted physical activities is not required.
  • Indoor dining is not permitted: the Bold Center food court and concession at Plamondon Arena remain open for take-out orders only.

Youth sport, fitness, recreation, and performance activities (for those under 18 years of age)

  • Indoor group classes, training, and competitions for youth (those under 18 years of age) are permitted, but participants are required to:
    • Screen for symptoms.
    • Maintain 2 metres physical distancing, except while engaged in physical activity.
    • Wear a mask, except while engaged in physical activity.
  • Spectator attendance is restricted to 1/3 fire code capacity and limited to a single household or 2 close contacts (if living alone), and must be masked and maintaining 2 metres of physical distancing.
  • Outdoor activities can continue with no restrictions.

Adult sport, fitness, recreation, and performance activities (for those over 18 years of age)

  • Indoor group classes and activities are not permitted (virtual programming will be offered wherever possible).
  • Indoor competitions are paused, except where vaccine exemptions have been granted.
  • Indoor one-one-one and solo activities are allowed for adults (18 years of age+) with 3 metres of physical distancing and restricted capacity (including the track, fitness centre, fieldhouses, rinks, and Portage Pool).
  • Outdoor activities can continue with no restrictions.

Family & Community Support Services (FCSS)

  • FCSS child, youth/teen, and family programs continue in-person where possible. Adult and senior programs will be moved to virtual options (excluding Seniors’ Aquafit).

Child Mind Services at the Bold Center

  • Child Mind services at the Bold Center remain available.

Community Access and Paratransit Bus Services

  • Community Access and Paratransit Bus services remain available.

Private Rentals or Bookings for Ice, Field Houses, or Outdoor Venues

Portage Pool

  • Portage Pool will be operating under the Government of Alberta’s restrictions. All changes listed under sport, fitness, recreation and performance activities (linked here) will apply.
  • Space for activities is limited to first-come, first-served, until 1/3 capacity is reached.
  • Public drop-in-times (public swims, etc.) are limited capacity, with distancing maintained and no games-practices for adults (18 years of age+).
  • All common areas/spaces require individuals to wear masks (unless participating in a physical activity and/or those who have a medical exemption authorized by a health professional and can present medical exemption letter at time of entry). Masking when conducting permitted physical activities is not required.
  • For private bookings, contact Portage Pool at 780-623-6777 or poolstaff@laclabichecounty.com

Bill Payment Options 

McArthur Place

  • After 1 pm on September 20, 2021 (after nominations close for the upcoming Municipal Election), the public will have limited access to McArthur Place, except by appointment or ringing the doorbell available on the main level. Please call 780-623-1747 to arrange an appointment or ring the buzzer in-person.
  • Mandatory masking is in place province-wide, and required in all County facilities (unless exemptions for specific activities apply). 
  • Please avoid visiting County facilities if you are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, or have been a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 according to Alberta Health Services' guidelines.
  • If you plan to meet with a County staff member, it is preferred to contact them by phone, email, or other virtual methods. Please consult our online staff directory, or call 780-623-1747 for assistance.

County Centre

  • The public will have limited access to County Centre starting September 20, 2021, except by appointment. Please call 780-623-1747 to arrange an appointment.
  • Mandatory masking is in place province-wide, and required in all County facilities (unless exemptions for specific activities apply). 
  • Please avoid visiting County facilities if you are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, or have been a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 according to Alberta Health Services' guidelines.
  • If you plan to meet with a County staff member, it is preferred to contact them by phone, email, or other virtual methods. Please consult our online staff directory, or call 780-623-1747 for assistance.

Stuart MacPherson Public Library

Reuse Centres at County Landfills and Transfer Stations

  • Reuse centres at County landfills and transfer stations remain open.

Stay Posted for Further Updates

COVID-19 regulations are continually being clarified and changed, and we will provide updates as soon as we are able. Please stay tuned to the Lac La Biche County, Bold Center, Portage Pool, Lac La Biche County Family & Community Support Services, and Young Family Connections Facebook pages, along with our website, for more information as we receive it.

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