Guidance on COVID-19 Restrictions
On November 24, 2020, Alberta’s government declared a state of public health emergency and put further restrictions into place in an attempt to control the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Alberta.
Due to an overwhelming number of phone calls, emails and questions from the equine community, we have done our best to decipher this announcement as it applies to our membership. We will continue to keep you updated as we receive new information.
Update (as of November 27th)
Outdoor sport, recreation and physical activity are permitted, as long as they are physically distanced, follow guidance and abide by the outdoor gathering limit of 10 or less.
The Government of Alberta’s (GOA) new mandatory restrictions will be in place starting today November 27th, 2020. Please find below a summary of the restrictions related to Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation:
1. Businesses that are closed for in-person services:
- All levels of sport (professional, semi-professional, junior, collegiate/universities and amateur). Exemptions may be considered and will be approved by the CMOH.
- Some entertainment and event services may remain open with capacity limited to 25% of the occupancy set under the Alberta Fire Code.
2. Indoor fitness, recreation, sports and physical activity centres:
- Facilities can be open for individual studio time, training or exercise only.
- There can be no group (3 or more) fitness, group classes, group training, team practices or competition.
- Instructors can use facilities to broadcast virtual fitness classes from, but there can be no group class.
- One on one training/coaching is permitted provided physical distancing is implemented.
Please note this is for enhanced areas only; all other areas must follow provincial COVID-19 Stage 2 Guidance.
3. Outdoor Sports:
- Outdoor gatherings are still in place for up to 10 people.
- Outdoor sport, recreation and physical activity is permitted, as long as they are physically distanced, follow guidance and abide by the outdoor gathering limit.
Exemption applications for sport will only be considered for outfits and organizations that demonstrate adherence to the Guidance for Professional Sporting Events. Criteria includes:
- Enforcing a mandatory 14-day “quarantine-in” procedure before any practice or play occurs and using a bubble model for the duration of the event.
- Access to dedicated facilities and transportation that are not open to the general public.
- Conducting daily health checks on all members of the team, and private testing team members upon entry into the bubble and every five days throughout events.
- Conducting a comprehensive risk assessment plan and implementing risk mitigation and controls before play begins.
- To request an exemption, send your completed implementation plan to [email protected].
- Participants from municipalities identified as enhanced measure communities may continue to play/participate in sport cohorts in municipalities not listed as enhanced measure communities if they were part of a pre-existing sport cohort in those municipalities not listed in the Order prior to November 27, 2020.
- Teams from municipalities identified as enhanced measure communities should not move their activity to municipalities not identified as enhanced measure communities.
Guidelines Released November 24th, 2020
As it relates to members, starting November 27, 2020 (in place for three weeks, but will be extended if needed):
- Mandatory closure of all levels of sport (professional, semi-professional, junior and amateur); exemptions may be considered; AEF has inquired on possible exemptions.
- Private one-on-one lessons are allowed but no group lessons; these must follow all current public health guidance for their sector and consider virtual options where possible.
- Indoor event services (not yet confirmed if this includes/excludes equine facilities), can remain open with capacity limited to 25% of the occupancy set under the Alberta Fire Code.
- Indoor fitness can be open for individual time, training or exercise only. No group fitness, group training, team practices or games, and no group classes.
- Avoid non-essential travel.
- Those that ride recreationally must follow all guidelines and restrictions.
- Be sure to check the ‘Surrounding Area’ list at the above link.
If you have specific questions about your business or about the exemption, please contact the Government of Alberta at this link.
The office remains closed to the public at this time. We are extremely pleased to assist with memberships over the phone, by email or by mail.
We ask for a little patience as the response time may be a bit longer during this renewal season. For online store orders, if you require curbside pickup from our office location in Calgary, please call to make an appointment before placing your order.
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