September 23, 2021

Proof of Vaccination Required as of Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Last week, the Government of Alberta announced further restrictions to combat the increased cases of COVID-19 in our province and asked businesses to choose between implementing the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) or run at 1/3 capacity, with restrictions such as no longer allowing adult sports. Like any business in Alberta faced with this decision, either option left the Chestermere Rec Centre in an impossible situation on such a polarizing topic. 

In the end, after pausing to seek further clarification from the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services, discussions with our Board, members and tenants, we’re now ready to share with you our path forward.

The CRCA has decided to implement the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) beginning Wednesday, September 22, 2021. 

Effective Friday, September 24th, the CRCA will have onsite security and/or staff checking for the required documents for the Government of Alberta’s Restriction Exemption Program. Security will be at the main doors of the Recreation Centre during the facility’s peak hours, so please be sure to have your records available. If security is not present, user groups will be responsible for ensuring their spectators, adults, and those 12+ comply with all Alberta Health requirements.

The main entrance (south sliding doors) will be the only way to enter the facility.

While we recognize this may be an inconvenience for some, unfortunately, it is a requirement we must uphold. We appreciate everyone’s understanding, patience and kindness.

NOTE: Youth participating in sports aged 12 – 17 are NOT required to show proof of vaccination, a negative test, or a medical exemption, as per the Government of Alberta. Coaches, referees and team staff who are involved in assisting youth under 18 with physical activities are exempt as well. Those involved with youth and adults over 18 must participate in the REP program and will be asked to show proof of vaccination or exemption.

Here is how it will work:

You MUST have proof of vaccination, proof of a negative privately paid rapid test taken within 72 hours, or a medical exemption to be in the facility or participate in any recreation or sports activity if:

  • You are 18+. This includes adult sports participants, wedding/funeral/meeting/event attendees.
  • You are a participant in a youth activity but over the age of 18.
  • You are a spectator 12+ years of age. IMPORTANT: this will mean a youth that is exempt as a participant in physical activity will be subject to proof of vaccination as a non-participant. Example – a youth leaving a minor hockey program practice, then going to spectate in the stands.
  • You are a parent or guardian dropping your children off for an activity in the centre.
  • You are a parent or guardian helping your youth with tying skates, putting on equipment, etc. – even if you are not staying to watch.

You may be asked to produce verification, as per Alberta Health Order 43-2021.

Weddings/Funerals/Meetings

Since the CRCA is participating in the REP program, wedding and funeral receptions along with meetings and markets can proceed following the REP guidelines.

Places of Worship

  • Capacity is limited to 1/3 fire code occupancy.
  • Masks are mandatory.
  • 2-metre physical distancing between households or two close contacts for those living alone is required.

The program does not apply to:

  • Businesses or entities that need to be accessed by the public for daily living purposes, such as Life Mark Physiotherapy.
  • Employees, contractors, repair or delivery workers, volunteers, or inspectors entering the Rec Centre for work purposes.
  • Children under 12.

Other Important Information:

  • For now, user groups will be responsible for ensuring their spectators, adults, and those 12+ comply with all Alberta Health requirements. The CRCA is determining if point of entry screening is necessary in the future and will communicate that once we have more information.
  • Masks are mandatory when not participating in physical activity. 
  • Physical distancing of 2-metres is required at all times, except when participating in physical activity.

Proof of Vaccination Information

To enter, people ages 12 and older can provide proof of vaccination with the following criteria:

  • Valid identification as per CMOH order 43-2021 that matches the vaccine record.
  • Valid paper or digital vaccine record that shows name, vaccine type and date of administration:
    • From September 20 to October 25: proof of partial vaccination (one dose) is considered acceptable as long as the dose was given more than 2 weeks before the time of service.
    • After October 25: proof of full vaccination (two doses) is required.

Find out how to access your records.

Negative Test

To enter, people aged 12 and older can show proof of a negative test result.

  • Tests must be privately-paid, Health Canada approved rapid antigen, PCR or lab-based PCR test completed within the previous 72 hours.
    • Valid test results should be a written or printed copy that clearly outlines the type of test, time of sample collection, clear indication of a negative result, and laboratory that completed the test, if applicable.
    • Photos of a rapid test result taken offsite is not sufficient.
    • Do not bring completed self-tests or rapid tests to businesses due to communicable disease risk.
    • Tests must not be from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories.

Medical Exemption

To enter, people 12 and older can provide documentation of a medical exemption.

  • A valid medical exemption is the original signed letter from a physician or nurse practitioner that includes:
    • Person’s name that matches their identification.
    • Physician’s or nurse practitioner’s complete information, including:
      • name, phone number, contact information, professional registration number and signature;
      • a statement that there is a medical reason for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19;
      • the duration that the exemption is valid.

We recognize this is a lot. The Chestermere Recreation Centre is fully committed to our members, users, and employees’ safety while providing a place for our community to come together and recreate. These protocols above may change at any time so please ensure you are reading our website and member bulletins for up to date information.

The Chestermere Rec Centre is unique, where youth and adult sports and fitness come together with meetings, education, and special events for our community, all with different rules and regulations. If you have any questions, please reach out, and we’ll be happy to offer guidance the best we can.

To read more about the Government of Alberta’s Public Health Actions, visit COVID-19 public health actions | Alberta.ca