Wednesday, May 5, 2021 | 6:00 p.m.
Changes to Okotoks services following AHS announcement
The recent provincial announcement of new restrictions will have an impact on Okotoks’ outdoor recreational activities.
All organized outdoor sports are now prohibited, except with members from the same household or two close contacts for those who live alone. This has required the Town to cancel all bookings for sports organizations on Town sports fields.
All online fitness classes through the Town will continue. Picnic shelters, tennis and pickleball courts will continue to be available for booking by members of the same family or two close contacts if they live alone. Playgrounds and the skate park remain open at this time.
Community Cleanup will continue as planned on May 8. However, residents are reminded not to assemble during the event. To sign up, go to Okotoks.ca/cleanup. Kits will be available for pickup at the Recreation Centre on Friday, May 7, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 8, from 8 to 11 a.m.
With the Town of Okotoks’ decision to proactively close all indoor facilities last week due to rising case numbers, the new restrictions will have no further impact, although the closures will remain in place until there is further direction from the province.
Effective May 5, all outside social gatherings are limited to five people, and all indoor fitness centres must close, which includes Natural High Fitness.
As of May 9, personal and wellness services must close, and patios are no longer allowed to be open.
These new measures apply to all Albertans, businesses, organizations and service providers in municipalities or areas with more than 50 cases per 100,000 people and 30 or more active cases.
Friday, April 30 | 10:15 a.m.
The Okotoks facilities closures announced on April 28 reflect the provincial announcement that came a day later on April 29. As of today, we currently are not on the provincial hot spot list. However, if Okotoks reaches a case rate of 350+/100,000 and 250 active cases that will change. We want to ensure Okotoks stays off the hot spot list - please continue to follow all public health guidelines to help keep our essential workers, first responders, community and healthcare system safe.
You can see Okotoks numbers and current hot spot regions on the Alberta Government site at https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx#regions
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.
Town closes indoor facilities to maintain essential services
As highly contagious and variant cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the community, the Town of Okotoks is taking the proactive measure of closing all indoor town facilities to the public from April 29 to May 14 inclusive. This includes the Municipal, Operations, Recreation, and Okotoks Family Resource centres. The Eco Centre will continue to remain open.
With the current restrictions, approximately 2500 visitors a week are still visiting Town facilities. Reducing these movements helps the Town mitigate against further exposures.
“An increase in exposures within our essential services areas means we must act now to ensure continued service delivery to residents,” said Trevor Brice, Okotoks’ director of emergency management. “This change also ensures the contact tracing the Town needs to complete for safe work practices can focus on tracing requirements for our essential services.”
This includes RCMP, Municipal Enforcement, water, sewer, waste, fire, road maintenance services, child care, and transit.
Currently, Okotoks is experiencing some of the highest rates of active COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the province.
Town services will continue to be available by phone, email, and online. The Family Resource Centre will continue to provide services by appointment. Contact information for all Town services is available at okotoks.ca.
All residents will still be able to contact the Town for the information, programs, and services they need by phone or through email while ensuring everyone’s safety. Closing our offices to public contact and transitioning to phone and email forms of communication during this wave of the pandemic provides a balance between maintaining a high level of service to our residents while ensuring the safety of our staff.
The Town will reassess the status of the current situation in Okotoks on May 12 to determine whether these restrictions can be adjusted.
All online fitness courses will continue to be offered, while swimming lessons and all in-person indoor sports activities will be cancelled.
Due to the closure of indoor facilities, the Town encourages residents to enjoy the outdoors while following Alberta Health Services guidelines. Sport field bookings are still available and can be booked here.
Please visit https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/ for additional information and regular updates on COVID-19 in Alberta.
Monday, March 8, 2021 | 9:30 a.m.
Okotoks Municipal Centre Re-Opening March 9
In response to step two of the Government of Alberta’s path forward strategy, the Town is pleased to be able to re-open the Municipal Centre effective Tuesday, March 9 with regular business hours. Service will also continue to be offered by phone, email and online.
Please note that Council meetings will continue to be held virtually, and, with in-person meetings still not possible and many staff working remotely, residents will need to contact Town representatives through phone or email.
Mandatory masks, physical distancing and other Alberta Health Services safety measures remain in place.
For up-to-date information on the Town’s response and a status list of all Town facilities and amenities, visit the Town’s dedicated COVID-19 information webpage at www.okotoks.ca/COVID-19.
Information about Alberta Government easing of restriction is available at: https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx.
Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 4 p.m.
Visit the COVID-19 recreation news item for the latest news on how Town recreation facilities are operating under provincial COVID-19 guidelines.
Friday, January 8, 2021 | 4:10 p.m.
Program disruptions due to extended two-week lockdown
Town-run programs have to be modified due to the Provincial government's extended lockdown announced on January 7, 2021. The Recreation Centre will remain closed until restrictions lift.
- Aquatic and skating programming have cancelled the January sessions and will re-launch when restrictions have lifted for in-person lessons.
- All in-person programming at the Recreation Centre has been postponed. All courses that can go online will continue to be available. Anyone who has registered for a program will receive communication offering available options.
- The first sessions of preschool and children's programs are cancelled and will launch when restrictions have lifted for in-person lessons.
- Counselling programs will continue as scheduled, with any modifications being communicated to registrants.
- Online culture programs will run as scheduled.
When restrictions are lifted, the Town requires a minimum of five business days to incorporate any processes required by the new restrictions, establish staffing and prepare facilities before they can re-open.
Once restrictions lift, please allow a grace period to allow the Town to return to offering in-person programs.
If you would like to register for an online program, please visit Okotoks.ca/activityguide or call Client Services at 403-938-8954. Please check back regularly as it will be updated with more programs as the Town modifies program offerings.
The Town's mandatory mask bylaw remains in effect for all indoor public spaces.
More information on the provincial bans, restrictions and Town COVID-19 response is available at www.okotoks.ca/COVID-19.
Wednesday, December 9 | 4:30 p.m.
Majority of Town facilities will close to the public starting December 13
As Alberta experiences continued increases in COVID-19 cases, the provincial government has ordered mandatory closures and more restrictions in order to bend down the curve and help reduce the spread of the virus. All closures and restrictions will be in effect from midnight on December 13 until at least January 12, 2021.
For the Town, these new public health measures mean the following facilities will be closed: Okotoks Recreation Centre, Natural High Fitness, Pason Centennial Arenas, Okotoks Art Gallery, Okotoks Museum, Rotary Performing Arts Centre and Foothills Centennial Centre as well as the Municipal Centre, Operations Centre and Fire Stations.
Services will continue to be available via telephone and email. Contact information for all Town facilities is available at www.okotoks.ca/town-directory.
Mandatory restrictions effective immediately:
- No indoor or outdoor social gatherings
- Mask wearing in all public spaces and workplaces
Mandatory closures/restrictions effective December 13:
- Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes closed to in-person service
- Retail services, including malls, must reduce customer capacity to 15%
- Places of worship limited to 15% capacity for in-person attendance
- Entertainment and indoor recreation facilities must close
- Outdoor recreation is permitted but limited to 10 or less people (following public health guidelines)
- Personal and wellness services, like hair and nail salons, must close
- Health services, like physio and acupuncture, remain open by appointment only
- Hotels remain open but no spas, pools or in-person dining; room services only
- Working from home is mandatory unless a physical presence is required for operational effectiveness
Complete details on the new public health measures are available on the AB Government website.
Tuesday, December 8 | 5:10 p.m.
Additional restrictions announced
The Province announced additional restrictions starting December 13. Effective immediately, all indoor and outdoor social gatherings have been prohibited. All Town facilities will be required to close as of December 13. The Town will provide details on impacted services tomorrow.
Visit the Alberta Government's COVID-19 web page for a full list of restrictions.
Tuesday, November 24 | 6 p.m.
New public health measures in effect
COVID-19 cases continue rising across Alberta and the situation is critical. On November 24 , a state of public health emergency was declared by the Alberta Government to bring in aggressive new measures to address growing cases.
Mandatory restrictions apply across Alberta, including Okotoks:
- No indoor social gatherings in any setting
- 10-person limit on outdoor gatherings
- 10-person limit for wedding and funeral services, no receptions permitted
- Changes to in-person learning schedules for K-12 students
- Working from home should be considered, where possible
Additional restrictions apply to regions on the enhanced list (purple zones), which includes Okotoks:
- Business and service restrictions start Nov. 27. Learn more
- Places of worship limited to 1/3 of normal attendance, masks required. Learn more
- Mandatory masks for indoor workplaces except when working alone in an office or a safely distanced cubicle or an appropriate barrier is in place.
Learn more about what is allowed and what isn't by clicking the button below.
The Okotoks Recreation Centre, Pason Centennial Arenas and Natural High Fitness remain open. While indoor team sports, public swimming and skating, swim lessons and aquafit classes, in-person group fitness, dance and sports classes remain suspended, there are still individual and online activities available. For full recreation details visit the Recreation COVID-19 page, or to book a permitted solo or household activity go to activeokotoks.ca or call 403-938-8954.
Monday, November 16 | 4:40 p.m.
How new public health measures affect Okotoks recreation facilities
On Friday, November 13, new safety measures from Alberta Health Services came into effect for communities under the enhanced relaunch status, which includes Okotoks. From November 13 to 27 all indoor group fitness classes, team sports, dancing and performing arts activities and swim lessons are suspended.
Activities and programs suspended include:
- Indoor team sports, including practices and games
- Public swimming and skating, swim lessons and aquafit classes
- In-person group fitness, dance and sports classes
Activities and programs that will continue include:
- Regular operating hours: for Pason Arenas, Okotoks Recreation Centre and Natural High Fitness Centre
- Aquatic Centre: bookable solo lane swims and solo open fitness lanes are available at activeokotoks.ca
- Aquafit workouts: Individual hand-outs are available for participants to pick up; single lanes must be pre-booked
- Registered programs: all fitness programs that can be offered virtually will be moved to an online platform. Classroom-based community programs will run as normal.
- Walking track: at Pason Arenas is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. with pre-booked times. Book your 30-minute time slot by calling 403-938-8954.
- Rentals: arenas, gymnasium and pool available for one-on-one private rentals. To rent a facility or to book individual times, call 403-938-8954.
For full schedule details go to activeokotoks.ca or call 403-938-8954.
Friday, November 13, 2020 | 3:35 p.m.
What Alberta Health Services’ targeted public health measures mean for Town recreation facility users
The Town of Okotoks appreciates your patience as staff continue to get clarification and details from Alberta Health Services (AHS) on indoor group/team recreational activity bans and restrictions for the community.
Currently, all indoor group/team physical activities and classes are cancelled at the Okotoks Recreation Centre (ORC) and Pason Centennial Arenas (PCA).
The Town will provide more details about activity scheduling and facility use as soon as possible on Monday, November 16. This information will be shared on the Town’s website, social media pages and provided to user groups directly.
Activities permitted at the Recreation Centre this weekend include:
- Individual drop-in fitness (Natural High), available during regular hours:
- Saturday: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Sunday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Monday: 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Any pre-booked Lane Swim and Open Fitness for Saturday and Monday is going ahead as usual. No new bookings will be accepted.
ActiveOkotoks.ca will be available and updated with a new schedule on Monday, November 16.
- If you received notification that your activity has been cancelled, you must re-book using the new schedule (released on November 16).
For immediate inquiries, please contact Client Services at 403-938-8954.
The intent of the AHS bans and restrictions is to minimize group physical and social activity to help flatten the curve of active COVID-19 cases; the Town appreciates your patience and cooperation in doing your part to help stop the spread.
For the most updated information on the targeted public health measures, please visit the AHS website at: https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx
Thursday, November 12, 2020 | 4:45 p.m.
Province announces mandatory two-week ban and more restrictions
Okotoks, AB: As active COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Alberta, and hospital and ICU admissions rise, the Province has ordered a mandatory two-week ban of indoor team sports and group activities. This includes organized sports, registered programs and bookable activities. Examples include aquafit, spin, swimming lessons, all on-ice activities, all gymnasium activities and theatre/performance activities.
This will impact all sports associations and people participating in physical activity programs in Okotoks, which will be required to stop activities for the next two weeks. These orders will be effective November 13 – 27 for all public recreation facilities including the Okotoks Recreation Centre (ORC) and Pason Centennial Arenas (PCA). Note that the Rotary Performing Arts Centre remains closed. Administration is reviewing the new guidelines and impacts to existing activities. An updated activity schedule for ORC and PCA will be provided November 16, 2020.
Exceptions include activities in groups of less than five that are not cardio-based and where physical distancing can be maintained. Travel from rural communities to urban ones to take part in sport/group activities is also banned during this time.
Restrictions ordered for the next two weeks include all licensed eating/drinking establishments being required to stop serving at 10pm and to close at 11pm.
Wedding and funeral gathering restrictions have also been affected; ceremony numbers are capped at 50 people, while reception numbers now have a maximum of 15.
The following voluntary measures are recommended:
- Places of worship - decrease to one-third capacity
- Workplaces - reduce in-person attendance by implementing alternate shifts and encourage staff to work from home
- Limit in-person interactions with friends and family and do not have non-essential social gatherings in your home
The Town’s mandatory mask bylaw remains in effect for all indoor public spaces.
More information on the provincial bans, restrictions and Town COVID-19 response is available at www.okotoks.ca/COVID-19.