City will operate with restrictions in place while developing Restriction Exemption Program (REP)

Medicine Hat - The City of Medicine Hat has reviewed the temporary measures announced by the Province of Alberta on September 15 and has determined a short-term plan to respond to the changes. The City will implement restrictions effective September 20 and will keep them in place while a Restriction Exemption Program (REP) is developed. This decision is necessary to remain in compliance with new provincial announcement while a REP is considered.

The following facility changes are in place effective September 20, 2021.

City Hall and City Council meetings

  • Public access will continue with capacity restrictions in place (one-third of fire capacity).
  • Public must enter through the southwest entrance on first street.
  • Parkade will be closed to public to ensure numbers can be tracked through one entrance.
  • City Council meetings will occur in Council Chambers and are still open to public, with capacity limits in place (max 40 viewers in the gallery).
  • Masking and physical distancing will be in place.

Family Leisure Centre

  • Gym, fieldhouse, aquatic centre, ice will operate with capacity restrictions in place (one-third of fire capacity).
  • Fitness classes will not occur at this time.
  • Masking and physical distancing will be in place.
  • All bookings must follow AHS guidelines.

Esplanade, Co-op Place and other City arenas and venues

  • Programming and events will continue with capacity restrictions in place (one-third of fire capacity). The City will continue to implement operational plans ensuring vaccination for spectators and staff when required by the entertainer.
  • Adult classes will not occur at this time.
  • Masking and physical distancing will be in place.
  • All bookings must follow AHS guidelines.

“As City facilities have varying needs and capacity, the timing and development of rollout of REPs may be staggered and look somewhat different from one facility to the next, and some facilities may continue with restrictions in place,” says Merrick Brown, Director of Emergency Management. “We appreciate the community’s patience as we navigate through these new restrictions.”

The City of Medicine Hat continues to encourage all eligible residents to get vaccinated and follow the restrictions that are currently in place, and to show compassion, empathy and tolerance to our fellow community members.

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