The Town of Okotoks continues to work with sport groups to increase access to recreation opportunities while maintaining Alberta Health Services (AHS) directives, which require these organizations to manage and maintain records of everyone in attendance for contact tracing.
Currently, Okotoks Minor Hockey and the Okotoks Figure Skating Club have agreed to provide the necessary volunteers to perform contact tracing, allowing for a limited number of spectators.
The Okotoks Skating Club has already implemented these changes, while Okotoks Minor Hockey will implement them on September 12.
One parent/guardian will be permitted to accompany a participant under the age of 11 into specific facilities, where physical distancing can be maintained, and resources have been allocated to manage the additional cleaning in the spectator area. Masks are mandatory in all Town facilities for everyone over the age of five; players will be permitted to remove them during the activity.
“This ensures parents with young children are able to assist in getting them ready for their sport,” said Susan Laurin, director of community services. “Those parents will be allowed to watch in designated areas.”
At this time the Green and Gold arenas at Pason, and the Piper arena at Okotoks Recreation Centre will be able to accommodate limited spectators.
“We need to work together to ensure our users are safe and facilities can remain open,” says Laurin. “We will continue to monitor, evaluate and expand services where and when we can.”
The Town is also working with user groups who book gymnasium space for seasons that typically begin in October. Finding appropriate space will be challenging this year as school gyms will not be available for public bookings.