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UPDATE: COVID-19-related Re-openings for Edmonton and Calgary

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Phase two of Alberta's relaunch is underway. See updates on Calgary and Edmonton openings. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

Alberta Updates

The outdoor gathering limit has been increased from 100 to 200 people.

The increase applies to attendees at community outdoor events such as festivals, fireworks displays, rodeos and sporting events, and outdoor performances.

All public health measures, including physical distancing, remain in place. Seated outdoor events will still require the necessary space between families and cohorts within stadium-style seating.

Edmonton Updates

Spray Parks are re-opened at: Callingwood, Castle Downs, G. Edmunds Kelly, Glengarry, Jackie Parker, Kinsmen, South Terwillegar Park. Remaining spray parks will be open within coming weeks. See edmonton.ca/waterplay.

The City is now booking rentals of City-owned sports fields, ball diamonds and staffed fields and track and field facilities. However, due to reduced staffing standard fields are mowed and maintained less frequently which will result in longer grass and more weeds than in previous years. Premier sports fields will receive regular maintenance. Field lining services will not be offered on any City fields this season.

The funicular has resumed operation from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m, providing accessibility options into the river valley for Edmontonians. Additional COVID-19 prevention measures will be introduced, including limiting ridership to two people at a time, adding signage about physical distancing and increasing cleaning of frequently-touched surfaces.

Modified outdoor fitness programs will be offered this summer. Individuals 13 years and older will be able to register for these programs on movelearnplay.edmonton.ca

Starting mid-August, Big Bin events will resume with five events planned through to fall 2020.

Orders remain in place reminding Albertans to: keep 2-metre physical distance in public spaces, including outdoors; self-isolate if confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19. Indoor gatherings can now total 50 people; and 100 for outdoor events.

Calgary Updates

As of June 26, all City-operated golf courses will have reopened along with driving ranges and putting greens. The Glenmore Reservoir reopened for public recreational use on June 15. The Glenmore Sailing School remains closed and boat rentals are not available this summer. Tennis courts, running tracks, playfields and 21 sports fields and the cycling velodrome are currently open.

Four locations for spray parks and wading pools will open in early July. Visit Calgary.ca/sprayparks for the latest information.

The City is offering outdoor day camps for children ages six to 12 along with free family programming. Registration for outdoor summer day camps begins today with programming starting July 6. For more information, visit calgary.ca/daycamps. The City's selection of free summer programs will take place in different locations across Calgary. These programs are for families and children to play in parks and learn about nature, all while being physically distant. For more information, visit calgary.ca/free.

For further details on the reopening of additional City-operated recreation facilities, visit calgary.ca/recreation. For information about City-owned, partner-operated facilities, including outdoor pools, visit the facility operators' websites.

Aquatic and fitness centres:

  • Bob Bahan (S.E.) – opening by July 20
  • Canyon Meadows (S.W.) – opening by July 20
  • Glenmore (S.W.) – opening by July 20
  • Killarney (S.W.) – opening by July 20

Arenas:

  • George Blunden (S.W.) – opening by June 29 (booking now open)
  • Henry Viney (N.E.) – opening by June 29 (booking now open)
  • Norma Bush (N.W.) – opening by June 29 (booking now open)
  • Optimist (S.W.) – opening by June 29 (booking now open)
  • Shouldice (N.W.) – opening by June 29 (booking now open)
  • Stew Hendry (N.E.) – opening by June 29 (booking now open)
  • Stu Peppard (S.W.) – opening by June 29 (booking now open)
  • Ed Whalen (S.W.) – opening by August 4
  • Jimmy Condon (S.W.) – opening by August 4
  • Joseph Kryczka (S.W.) – opening by August 4
  • Max Bell 1 and 2 (S.E.) – opening by August 4
  • Rose Kohn (S.E.) – opening by August 4
  • Note: Remaining arenas to open in September

Spray parks and wading pools:

  • Bowness Park Wading Pool (N.W.) – opening early July
  • Prairie Winds Park Spray Park and Wading Pool (N.E.) – opening early July
  • Rotary Park Spray Park (N.E.) – opening early July
  • South Glenmore Park Spray Park (Variety Park) (S.W.) – opening early July

Athletic park sports fields:

  • 25 fields in seven athletic parks – opened June 1 - 24
  • Glenmore (S.W.), Shouldice (N.E.), Optimist (S.W.), Ernest Manning (S.W.), Calgary Soccer Centre (S.E.), Foothills (N.W.) and Woodbine (S.W.)
  • Remaining athletic parks to open by July/August (check calgary.ca/recreation for fields available for booking)

Outdoor summer day camps – registration begins June 25:

  • Outdoor Summer Art Studio 2020 (ages 6-12) – enjoy a variety of drawing, painting and mixed media in our outdoor greenspace
  • Outdoor Active 2020 (ages 6-12) – enjoy active games, sports, crafts and outdoor adventures

Free summer programs:

  • Nice 2 Metre You – Family Fun
  • Community Nature Adventure Playground
  • Unplug n' Play 6 feet away
  • Explore Parks Together
  • LEAD and Nature LEAD

Athletic Park sport fields and playfields have been open since June 1, 2020, and continue to be open for sports training, dryland training and skills practice development with physical distancing guidelines in place. The Province also announced that sports teams can play in region-only cohorts of up to 50 players. The City is currently reviewing these regulations in more detail to determine what City facilities and fields can be made available for sports team to play safely and in accordance with provincial guidelines.

The City will be making summer programming and day camps for children available in July. The re-introduction of day camps will help maximize the quality of life for families who have struggled to find meaningful programs and activities for their children over the past three months.

Helping pets during an illness

Should any Calgarians find themselves unable to care for their pets while experiencing an illness, The City of Calgary’s Animal Services team can help.

The Safekeeping Program is not new, but was created for scenarios exactly like this, allowing animals to be temporarily cared for at the Animal Services building for up to 14 days (and longer if necessary).

The City’s Safekeeping Program is intended for cats and dogs, but the Calgary Humane Society and Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society offer similar services where they may provide safekeeping for other small pets and exotic animals.

Contact 311 for further information.

Relaxing the 30-day limit for prescription drugs

Pharmacists can now give out larger quantities of prescription drugs again, up to a 100-day supply.

Pharmacists should use their professional judgment and dispense a 30-day supply when necessary for specific drugs that still have shortages or supply chain issues.

Government, industry, pharmacy organizations, and other health sector partners continue to monitor supply levels. If there is evidence that there isn’t enough supply, or that drugs are being stockpiled, government could re-introduce limits.

 

 





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