Hockey Hounds Recreation Centre implementing Restriction Exemption Program

Medicine Hat – Starting Monday, Nov. 1, the Hockey Hounds Recreation Centre will be added to the list of City facilities employing the Government of Alberta’s Restriction Exemption Program (REP). All patrons will be subject to screening in order to enter the facility.

The City implemented the REP at Co-op Place on Sept. 23, Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre on Sept. 28, and at the Family Leisure Centre and Kinplex on Oct. 1.

“The Hockey Hounds arena had a smaller number of user groups and we wanted to evaluate the feasibility of operating with the one-third capacity instead of requiring the proof of vaccine,” said Brian Mastel, Managing Director of Public Services. “It soon became clear that the patrons and users at the Hockey Hounds expected the same level of service that the REP provides at other facilities. By implementing the REP we will be able to alleviate spectator capacity restrictions and resume adult group activities in the facility.”

Under the REP, anyone 12 years of age and older, not entering the facility as part of a youth sports organization, will be required to show one of the following:

  • Proof of double COVID-19 vaccination (required as of Oct. 25)
    • After Nov. 15, proof of vaccination must be provided using valid QR code issued by Alberta Health
  • Proof of a privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test no more than 72 hours before entry
  • An original (non-copied) valid medical exemption letter

In addition, anyone 18 years and older must also produce a valid personal identification document displaying name and date of birth. Photocopies, photos, images or other reproductions of personal identification documents are not acceptable.

Full details, including answers to frequently asked questions about the REP, are available at: www.medicinehat.ca/covid19.

Mandatory masking requirements and physical distancing remain in place at all city facilities. Visit the Government of Alberta website for more information regarding the REP and COVID-19 restrictions.

Other public facilities not implementing the REP at this time will continue to follow Alberta Health restrictions, including reduced occupancy and programming adjustments.

The city continues to encourage all eligible residents to get vaccinated, stay home when sick, and follow the restrictions that are currently in place, and to show compassion, empathy and tolerance to our fellow community members.

- 30 -

For further information, please contact:

media@medicinehat.ca