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City’s public facilities to remain closed despite relaunch stage two

Story by Stacie Gaetz

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Photos by iStock

As the Provincial government moves into stage two of the COVID-19 Relaunch Strategy on June 12, the doors of many City of Airdrie facilities including the library, arenas and Genesis Place Recreation Centre will remain closed.

According to a City press release, with recent changes to the Provincial stage two relaunch, a number of City facilities originally slated to reopen in stage three, are now able to reopen earlier than anticipated.

“Although, new parts of our business are now able to open earlier than we had anticipated, this does not change our approach to reopening,” said Mayor Peter Brown.

“We will continue as planned with our measured approach. The safety of our residents and employees is our highest priority and we will not rush to reopen any of our facilities before we have the people and processes in place to do so safely.”

The City has been offering services virtually since mid-March after most facilities were closed in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

“We recognize that feelings about reopening are split. Many people are still concerned about the risks of reopening public facilities, while others are anxious to get back to business. For others, it may be a combination of both,” said City Manager Paul Schulz.

“We understand and feel the same way. We recognize there will be pressure to reopen right away and we appreciate your patience as our staff prepare for your safe return to our facilities.”

No public facilities, that are currently closed, will reopen on June 12.

The press release recommends that residents check www.airdrie.ca/wereopen and City of Airdrie social media channels (@CityofAirdrie) regularly for the most up-to-date information on the timing and status of the re-openings.

 

Re-openings

The following City facilities have reopened for public access:

  • Recycle Depot (modified hours, procedures and programs – visit airdrie.ca/RecycleDepot for info.)
  • Basketball, pickleball and tennis courts
  • Community gardens
  • Chinook Winds Skatepark
  • Playgrounds
  • City park public washrooms

 

Closures

The following facilities remain closed in an effort to limit the spread of Coronavirus and to comply with the Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health recommendations.

 

Safety Protocols

To limit the spread of COVID-19, please adhere to the following safety protocols when visiting any City facility:

  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell.
  • Maintain at least two metres physical distance (follow floor markings where provided).
  • Gatherings must not exceed Alberta Health Services guidelines.
  • High touch surfaces could be a source of transmission for COVID-19. For your safety, please sanitize your hands before and after your visit.