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Monday , 6 December 2021

C2 and Energy Centre tinker with guidelines for patrons

Sports facilities in the Lakeland have decided to change their guidelines.

Beginning Wednesday, the C2 is no longer implementing the Restrictions Exemption Program, but instead outlining the public health restrictions in CMOH Order 44-2021, released by the Government of Alberta on Sept. 24. 

Meanwhile, city council decided on Tuesday night to implement the REP program for the Cenovus Wellness Centre, while keeping one-third capacity for adult sports and fitness. 

St. Paul town council also decided to lift the REP program for youth sports, while remaining in place for adult sports.

Bonnyville and District Centennial Centre: 

  • Individual and 1-on-1 fitness activities will be allowed. Masking and 3-metre distancing requirements remain in place.
  • The fitness facility will remain available on an appointment basis only. Call 780-812-3400 to reserve time slots.
  • Adult group activities including fitness classes will no longer be allowed.
  • Youth (under 18) activities may continue with masking and 2-metre distancing rules in effect, plus daily COVID-19 health screening
  • All areas of the facility will be at 1/3 fire code capacity.
  • 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 with 2m physical distancing.
  • The C2 Cafe will remain open with select hours for take-out only.
  • The C2 will no longer be screening guests at the main doors, and expects anyone who is feeling unwell to not enter the building.

Cold Lake Energy Centre

Hallways and Concourses:

  • One-third fire code capacity with mandatory masks and 2-metre physical distancing required.

Cenovus Wellness Centre:

  • Proof of completed vaccination or a negative test taken within 72 hours required for access.
  • Masks are not required when participating in physical activity but should be worn at all other times.
  • Adult fitness classes can continue under the Restrictions Exemption Program in accordance with the health restrictions.

Arenas and Field House (Youth 17-and-under-sport, fitness and performance activities):

Indoor group classes, training, and competitions are permitted, but participants are required to:

  • 1) Screen for symptoms
  • 2) Maintain 2 metres distancing, except youth while engaged in physical activity
  • 3) Wear a mask, except youth while engaged in physical activity; 
  • 4) 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.

Arenas and Field House (Adult 18-and-over sport, fitness and performance activities):

  • Must conform to REP in accordance to the health restrictions. This includes spectators.

Rock Climbing Wall:

The city will develop two (2) separate time slots or set of dates:

  • Youth (17 and under) – Indoor Masking Program and limit attendance to one-third capacity.
  • Adult (18 and over) – Restrictions Exemption Program will be required.
  • Set capacity at 9 people (climbers and supervisors combined) + staff

CNRL Walking Track

  • The CNRL Walking Track will continue to operate at one-third capacity.

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.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.