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COVID-19 Response Updates: New AHS public health measures

Municipal Centre front entrance in the fall

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.

Restrictions 

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 schedule details go to activeokotoks.ca or call 403-938-8954. 

Okotoks COVID-19 Information


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. 

Okotoks COVID information


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.

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