COVID-19

Effective September 16, the Government of Alberta declared a state of public health emergency and new restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.

As a result, the City of Fort Saskatchewan is following the Government of Alberta's Restrictions Exemption Program.

The program will not apply to City Hall, the Protective Services building that houses Municipal Enforcement and the RCMP, or the James E. Graham building.

By requiring proof of vaccination or a recent negative privately-purchased COVID-19 test, all City programs and services can continue to be offered uninterrupted and without capacity limits.

Details on the Restrictions Exemption Program

These restrictions are subject to change. Please check back for more information as it becomes available.

Existing mandatory masking and physical distancing guidelines remain in place.

Refunds or credits will be given for anyone withdrawing from a program, class or membership.

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding with our staff as we implement this new program. Your safety is our top priority when visiting a City facility.

Any questions or concerns can be submitted through Fort Report. Make sure to select Covid-19 Response as the Category Type so we can get back to you as soon as possible. 

When: Effective Monday, September 20, 2021
Required at:

All City rental facilities

Dow Centennial Centre

Fort Heritage Precinct

Harbour Pool

Jubilee Recreation Centre

Shell Theatre

Sportsplex Arena

Taurus Field

  • Indoor dressing rooms only
  • Vaccines/Negative Test results in 72 hours/medical exemption letter required for 18+ participants in dressing rooms
  • Vaccines etc. not required for spectators as they are outdoors
  • Distancing between households is still required
  • Washrooms are exempt for any screening
Not required at:

City Hall

James E. Graham Building

Protective Services Building (Municipal Enforcement and RCMP)

 

How:

Show government-issued proof of vaccination. This can be a vaccine report, MyAlberta health record or vaccine card. All proof must have the name clearly visible and can be presented in paper or digital format.

All those 12 years of age and older will have until October 25, 2021, to show that one dose of vaccine has been received. Proof of both doses is mandatory after October 25, 2021.

Note: Proof of vaccination must be shown upon each visit. Vaccination proof will only be viewed and will not be collected or saved at this time.

If proof of vaccination is not possible, a negative privately-purchased COVID-19 test obtained within the last 72 hours must be presented. All proof must have the name and date of the test clearly visible.

Adult Activities:

Proof of vaccine status, negative test or medical exemption is required for all activities including spectating.

Youth Activities:

If a youth under 18 years of age is accessing a facility with a REP in place for the sole purpose of taking part in a youth activity, they would not need to provide proof of vaccination status, physician note, or negative test. Youth participating in sport, fitness, recreation and performance activities must screen for symptoms, maintain 2-metres distancing and wear a mask (except while engaged in physical activity).

Individuals 12 years and older must show one of the acceptable options for proof of vaccination if they wished to spectate or use any other amenity in the facility. If youth are spectating, proof of vaccination, medical exemption or paid negative COVID-19 test is required.

Parented Programs:

Parents of parented lessons both at Harbour Pool (Parent and Tot Swims) and Dow Centennial Centre (Sportball) will be required to show government-issued proof of vaccination, a negative privately-purchased COVID-19 test, or documentation of a medical exemption

Activity Definitions

“fitness activity” means a physical activity that occurs at a gym, fitness studio, dance studio, rink, pool, arena or recreation centre and includes dance classes, rowing, spin, yoga, boxing, boot camp, Pilates and other activities of a similar nature.

“performance activity” means singing, playing a musical instrument, dancing, acting or other activities of a similar nature and includes, but is not limited to, a rehearsal, concert, theatre, dance, choral, festival, musical and symphony events.

“recreational activity” means any structured or organized activity or program where the purpose of the activity or program is intended to develop a skill, including but not limited to, Girl Guides, Scouts, choir, arts and crafts, pottery or other substantially similar activities.

“sport activity” means sports training, practices, events, games, scrimmages, competitions, gameplay, league play, and other activities of a similar nature.

COVID-19 vaccine program

Where can I get the vaccine?

You can find list of participating pharmacies here.

For more information, refer to the Alberta Health website.


Community Supports

Community Wellness

To help residents through this difficult time, we have added a list of activities that might help pass the time.

Check out our Community Wellness page

Community Support List

We have also compiled a list of Community Support information for residents, including information on counselling, family support, grocery delivery and pickup, and more.

Check out our Community Supports List

Online Services

You can access the following City services online:

Resources on COVID-19
 Get your facts from reliable sites:

Support Lines

Family Violence Supports

  • Family Violence Info Line 310-1818 | 24/7 | 170+ languages
  • Chat online alberta.ca/SafetyChat | 8:00am to 8:00pm Daily
Toilet Paper and Non-Flushables

A reminder to residents: Please do not flush facial tissues, paper towel, disinfecting wipes, flushable wipes, gloves, or masks down the toilet. Flushing products other than toilet paper can cause serious clogs in your home plumbing and city infrastructure.

More information on sewer backups

We ask residents to follow our procedures for curbside collection, of recycling organics and garbage.


Additional Resources

Fort Saskatchewan COVID-19 Relaunch Report

Government Roles and Responsibilities during COVID-19

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