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Lacombe’s latest COVID-19 measures to impact municipal facilities

The City of Lacombe is instituting measures at municipal facilities to help alleviate the strain on the healthcare system caused by rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Lacombe City Hall will remain open to the public. Masking continues to be required in the facility.

The following rules will be in place at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex for youth (under 18) sport, fitness, recreation and performance activities:Indoor group classes, training and competitions are permitted, but participants need to screen for symptoms, maintain two metres distancing (except youth while engaged in physical activity) and wear a mask (except youth while engaged in physical activity).

Spectator attendance is restricted to one-third fire code capacity and attendees are limited to a single household or two close contacts if living alone and must be masked and maintain two metres physical distancing.

Starting Monday, indoor competitions, training and activity for adults will not be allowed at the facility unless the organizers implement a the provincial Restriction Exemption Program. The city is targeting October to potentially implement a broader facility version of the program.

At the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre, masks will be required on deck and in change rooms. There will be a Restriction Exemption Program for all adult programming.

Youth programming will be drop-off for ages six and up. Preschool lessons and children with medical concerns may have one spectator masked in the viewing area and spaced two metres apart.

The Lacombe Memorial Centre is open to the public. The city will require individuals using the facility to abide by the new restrictions on non-essential events and businesses, or implement and manage Restriction Exemption Program.