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Clarity provided for youth participants in the Provincial Restrictions Exemption Program

UPDATE: September 27, 2021

The Government of Alberta has updated the guidelines for the Restriction Exemption Program (REP) regarding youth sport, fitness and performance activities. 

The new Provincial clarification contains these statements:

  • Adult (18 and older) coaches, officials and other volunteers involved with or supporting an exempt children/youth program under the restriction exemption program (17 and under) do require proof of vaccination or testing
  • In regards to youth aged 12-17 within an entity going forward with the Restriction Exemption Program - the youth aged 12-17 do not need to provide proof of vaccination if they are in the facility solely to participate in recreation or sport activities. 
    • If youth participants are going to be doing other things (visiting in a common area, sitting in public areas (e.g. spectator)), then proof of vaccination or negative testing will be required.

September 22, 2021

As of Monday, September 20, 2021, the provincial Restriction Exemption Program was applied to City owned and operated recreation and culture facilities.

As a result of continued consultation with provincial government representatives and community stakeholders over the weekend, the following updates have been applied for all City of Lethbridge operated recreation and culture facilities, effective September 21, 2021:

  • Youth participants between ages 12-17 that are solely participating in sport, fitness and performance activities or events will not require proof of vaccination, medical exemption or a negative COVID-19 test.
    • Individual sport and recreation organization may choose stricter vaccination requirements for their participants. Please consult with the activity organizer to confirm

  • Coaches or volunteers for youth participating in sport, fitness or performance activities can enter the facility to conduct their activity or event-related responsibilities without proof of vaccination, exemption, or negative COVID-19 test.

  • All other vaccine-eligible visitors/spectators, including those aged 12-17, must produce proof of vaccination, medical exemption, or negative COVID-19 test result prior to entering a City of Lethbridge operated recreation and culture facility.

Following the Government of Alberta's public health guidelines, all visitors must continue to follow indoor mandatory masking requirements and physical distancing guidelines.

The ENMAX Centre has established specific COVID-19 protocols that can be found at ENMAX Centre will follow the new direction for youth participants. The Helen Schuler Nature Centre will shift to the provincial Restrictions Exemption Program on Tuesday, September 28.

The City of Lethbridge continues to work with its partner operators and user groups on their COVID-19 protocols as provincial public health guidelines continue to evolve.  We will continue to support our partner efforts in ensuring all participants and spectators are safe.

Residents are encouraged to plan ahead and review facility entry requirements before each visit.


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