A special Red Deer city council meeting will be held Thursday to discuss the future financing of Westerner Park. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Westerner Park to require proof of vaccination or negative rapid test

Westerner Park in Red Deer will implement the restrictions exemption program in response to the provincial government declaring a state of public health emergency.

Through this program, which takes effect Monday, Westerner Park requires all attendees older than 12 to provide one of the following:

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination through electronic or paper records, completed a minimum of 14 days prior to an event start. From Sept. 20 to Oct. 25, proof of a single dose is considered acceptable. After Oct. 25, proof of double vaccination is required as listed on Alberta government’s website.

  • Negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test, from a privately-paid testing provider, completed within 72 hours of an event’s start time.
  • Formal documentation of a medical exemption.

Masks will also be required in compliance with Alberta Health Services guidelines. Anyone unable to wear a mask due to an approved medical condition will be asked to provide a medical exemption letter.

“By adopting the restrictions exemption program, we can do our part to help ensure the safety of our staff and all central Albertans who enjoy the many events that take place at Westerner Park, while still operating at our capacity potential,” said Mike Olesen, Westerner Park chief executive officer.

“While we do not know how long these restrictions will be in place, we are planning as though they apply to all events at Westerner Park, including Canadian Finals Rodeo, Agri-Trade, and the gatherings, functions, and shows hosted by business and community groups.”

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