Smokers and other visitors to the ENMAX Centrium can now leave the building during events after the Westerner Board of Directors rescinded its previous no re-entry policy.
The policy had been in place since a province-wide ban on smoking in public places went into effect on Jan. 1, 2008. This meant visitors could not return to the building if they left to have a smoke break.
The change in policy allows guests at the Centrium to exit and re-enter the building through the front doors, during intermissions at the Red Deer Rebels hockey games and other ticketed events.
Jerry Van Someren, vice-president of business operations for the Rebels was delighted with the decision.
Some Centrium users were unhappy about the no re-entry policy.
“We fully support this decision to improve our guest experience,” Van Someren said.
Michael Donlevy, newly elected board president said: “Westerner Park is committed to creating big city events with small town hospitality.
“It’s important that we find collaborative ways to create an atmosphere that feels approachable and guest-focused,” Donlevy said.
Previously, a room was set aside in the Centrium basement for people to smoke during the game and between periods.