The City of Lethbridge, in consultation with ENMAX Centre staff and venue partners, will be implementing the Government of Alberta’s restriction exemption program in preparation for live events. This, along with other COVID protocols and operational changes are focused on ensuring the health and safety of the community.
“Many, if not all of the organizations looking to host events at the ENMAX Centre are requesting a mandatory vaccination policy,” says ENMAX Centre General Manager, Kim Gallucci. “Given the size of our facility and the varied demographics of people coming in and out of the doors each day, we feel this is the safest and most responsible way forward.”
Patrons attending ticketed events at the ENMAX Centre will need to show proof of partial vaccination as of September 20, 2021 and full vaccination as of October 1, 2021 which aligns with the Hurricanes home opener vs Calgary.
“As we continue to navigate these unprecedented times, we believe this policy to be essential in delivering a safe environment for our fans,” says Hurricanes General Manager, Peter Anholt. “We thank our fans and sponsors for their support and cooperation in ensuring we are able to safely welcome everyone back into the ENMAX Centre.”
COVID precautions for visitors to the ENMAX Centre will include:
- Beginning on September 20, 2021, the Government of Alberta’s Restrictions Exemption Program will be implemented. Patrons 12 and older wishing to attend events at ENMAX Centre must:
- Provide proof of vaccination electronically, with AHS card, or by bringing your vaccination papers
- Single dose accepted for the September 24 pre-season game
- Double doses (full vaccination) required as of October 1, 2021
- Show documentation of a medical exemption
- Provide proof of a privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test within 48 hours of service (tests from AHS or Alberta Precision Laboratories not allowed)
- New self-serve ticket scanning system to limit touch points will be implemented at certain locations
- Directional signage and controlled que entry to the building will be in place
- Mandatory masking as per current AHS guidelines, except while eating or drinking at all ENMAX Centre events
- Enhanced COVID cleaning and shields in place
- 80 hand sanitizers installed throughout the venue
“We’re seeing these types of protocols across the entertainment industry and I’d expect them to continue for some time,” says Gold and Gold Productions President, Ron Sakamoto. “We do not want to jeopardize the health of anyone attending an event and these precautions are the most effective way to protect artists, their crews and most importantly the fans.”
In addition, the ENMAX Centre has made operational changes to better align with industry standards and enhance safety.
Other operational changes include:
- Walk through metal detectors
- Smoking areas have been permanently removed from the venue and surrounding property
Gallucci says “While we understand that not all changes will be seen as positive to all our patrons, these decisions have been made to create the best experience possible for visitors while ensuring the most effective health and safety measures are in place.”
ENMAX Centre is excited to welcome fans back in to the building and encourages patrons to arrive early to events as extra time may be required while visitors and staff adjust to these changes.
For more information, visit www.enmaxcentre.ca or call the box office at (403) 329-7328. For information on the Restriction Exemption Program, visit www.alberta.ca/covid-19
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