Recent grant funding will make it possible to increase the age restriction for spectators and the Town is currently working to implement the necessary adjustments in staffing to accommodate the increased service. The changes are expected to take affect the first week of November.
Residents are reminded that current Alberta Health Services directives mandate the maximum number of people who are allowed in a recreation facility. The current directive from Alberta Health Services has been set to a maximum of 100 people if physical distance requirements can be met. This is why the Town took the extraordinary measures to restrict parental access to allow for increased participation in recreation activities for children.
Alberta Health Services has stringent cleaning requirements that facilities need to follow to comply and this requires staff to complete. Every hour or every ice session, the entire facility needs to be cleaned and if additional people, such as parents/spectators, are allowed into the viewing area, so more resources and staff will need to be allocated to keep the facilities properly cleaned and sanitized before changes to spectator limitations can be expanded.