The city of Edmonton has announced that effective Tuesday, December 1, the City will shut down 22 City-operated arenas until December 18 to mitigate the rapid spread of COVID-19 in Alberta. All indoor events and group activities at City facilities will also be cancelled.
The Downtown Community Arena will remain open to support the provincial exemption granted to the IIHF World Junior Championship. Three City-run Senior Centres and the St. Francis Xavier Sports Centre will also close.
The City also announced other measures, these include:
- Effective December 1, the City will refuse entry to City recreation facilities and the Edmonton Valley Zoo for individuals who choose not to wear a face covering, regardless of the individual’s exemption status.
- At recreation centres, face coverings can still be removed while exercising once in designated areas but must be worn when moving between equipment. Face coverings must be removed while in pools.
- Tier 2 consumer firework permits with a qualified shooter on private or public land will no longer be available to reduce the risk of the social gatherings these events promote.
- Tier 1 permits for consumer fireworks on private property remain available.
- Masks are required for guests of Zoominescence, the outdoor light installation at the Edmonton Valley Zoo.
- Candy Cane Lane will be a drive-thru experience only.
The City will be enforcing mask mandate and new COVID-19 restrictions through close coordination with Edmonton Police Service (EPS) and Alberta Health Services (AHS), teams of Peace Officers will work 7 days a week and will be monitoring public spaces, gatherings and worship centres.