Update - Saturday February 6, 2021
Earlier today the Government of Alberta announced that, in addition to the one-on-one training expected to open up on February 8, limited team sport training could also resume.
Given this change, the City of Lethbridge is reevaluating the plan announced Friday for recreation and culture facilities and will update the community when the new plans are in place.
Information on the latest Government of Alberta announcement is available here.
Friday February 5, 2021
Although the Government of Alberta has announced a plan to begin easing COVID-19 public health restrictions starting February 8, the limited changes anticipated next week won't justify re-opening all City recreation and culture facilities.
After evaluating the new Step 1 guidelines, which includes one-on-one training with certified instructors, the City will maintain ice at ATB Centre, working directly with community groups who are permitted to run this training. The ENMAX Centre will also remain open to support the Lethbridge Hurricanes and the Western Hockey League. All other City arenas, and pools operated by Recreation Excellence, will remain closed for now.
"Since Step 1 guidelines only allow one-on-one training opportunities and easing of current restrictions to the broader public could be months away, we have made the difficult decision to keep many of our facilities closed," says Robin Harper, General Manager of Recreation and Culture at the City of Lethbridge. "The operational costs to keep these facilities open is not feasible given the current restrictions."
Pools and arenas have been closed to the public since December 8. Community groups including minor hockey, figure skating and other team sports, have not been permitted on the ice or in pools since November 12.
"This has been an incredibly difficult time for all of the staff who work in our recreation and culture area, including our staff in the facilities," he adds. "Typically these folks are enjoying one of the busiest parts of the season, interacting with residents and bringing recreation opportunities to the community every day. This year we've had to enforce rules that the public often didn't understand and unfortunately deny kids and families the activities that they love. We understand the importance of these closures but it has been disheartening just the same."
The following City facilities will evaluate re-opening as additional details and dates are announced about future public health guidelines:
- Recreation Excellence operated pools
- Fritz Sick gymnasium
- Yates Theatre
Due to the variation in public health guidelines, the public is encouraged to reach out to other facilities directly should they have specific questions about their programming and re-opening plans:
To learn more about the current provincial public health guidelines around COVID-19, https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx.
To learn more about impacts of COVID-19 at the City of Lethbridge, visit www.lethbridge.ca/COVID-19
For Public Inquiries:
Call 311 | Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.