Karen Mann, emergency management co-ordinator for the City of Red Deer. (Screenshot by Advocate staff).

Red Deer’s recreation facilities to remain closed until June 30

Experts advise that longer social distancing is needed to curb virus

The closure of City of Red Deer’s recreation and culture facilities has now been extended to June 30.

As part of ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, city officials announced the temporary closure of City of Red Deer recreation and culture facilities, programs and services to what would normally be the end of the school year.

“We continue to monitor this ever-evolving situation, and through the Emergency Operations Centre we are making changes and modifications to City operations and policies regularly,” said Karen Mann, the city’s emergency management coordinator.

“We know these changes have significant impacts on our employees and citizens, and we thank everyone for their support and understanding as we work to protect our community.”

The City’s decision to extend the facilities’ closure to June 30 is being done on the advice of health experts who have followed the patterns of other viral outbreaks, said Mann. Experts believe up to 12 weeks of social distancing could be necessary to protect the community and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The closures are impacting 120 casual employees who work at these facilities. City manager Allan Seabrooke said these workers will be temporarily laid off and automatically hired back when the facilities are re-opened.

Meanwhile, annual sanitizing and maintenance of the recreation facilities has been moved up to coincide with this closure instead of in the fall.

At this time it’s believed that summer camps will be running. Registrations are accepted online for programs starting on or after July 1, by booking online at looknbook.reddeer.ca.

City officials are exploring changes to other services, such as transit operations. “We anticipate making modifications to potential service changes related to conventional transit in the coming days,” said Mann. “We are considering a variety of options as we know many people reply on transit to get to work or health care appointments.”

All citizens are urged to follow the recommendations of Alberta Health Services. For the latest information on COVID-19 visit alberta.ca/covid19.

To find out the latest about how city services are impacted visit reddeer.ca/covid19. Please call the Call Centre, open 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. with questions at 403-342-8111.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta declares 69 COVID-19 cases Sunday, provincial total at 1,250

Alberta confirmed 69 cases of COVID-19 Sunday bringing the provincial total to… Continue reading

COVID-19 case reported at supermarket in Wetaskiwin

Sobeys will not release names to protect employees

WATCH: Red Deer emergency call centre hours change starting next week

Hours at the City of Red Deer’s COVID-19 emergency call centre will… Continue reading

Alberta Health Services provides COVID-19 prevention tips

Alberta Health Services has a number of recommendations for people amid the… Continue reading

Alberta government website has latest COVID-19 statistics

Red Deer Advocate readers can stay up to date on the COVID-19… Continue reading

Quebec Walmart worker struck by driver allegedly angered by COVID-19 measures

SHERBROOKE, Que. — A Walmart security guard from southern Quebec was fighting… Continue reading

Boeing to continue production shutdown due to coronavirus

Company is extending its planned two-week shutdown

Bars, cannabis sector eligible for $40B credit program from government bank

Applicants must go through their own banks to access the program

Actress-activist Shirley Douglas, daughter of medicare’s Tommy Douglas, dies

‘Sadly she had been battling for her health for quite some time’

Canada looking to disinfect used masks, Tam asks they not be thrown away

Best defence against COVID-19 is to stay home as much as possible, wash their hands frequently

With workers at home, feds eye ways to fast-track training program, groups say

How to help workers stuck at home or out of work to prevent their skills from becoming

Most Read