WESTLOCK - Starting today, Friday, Sept. 25, hockey and ringette mom and dads will be allowed to watch their kids from the stands of the Rotary Spirt Centre.
That’s just one of the previous COVID-19 restrictions that have been lifted at the facility — in addition, users can be in the dressing rooms 30 minutes prior to ice bookings (up from 15 minutes), while the walking track, previously closed when people were on the ice, returns to normal hours. A detailed facility guideline document, including maps, is available at: www.westlock.ca/p/westlock-rotary-spirit-centre.
“We remain committed to ensuring the safety of our staff and patrons and are working through the directions and recommendations from Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Government of Alberta to complete all the necessary steps within our facilities,” said Town of Westlock community services director Gerry Murphy in a press release. “We have also increased the time prior to ice bookings from 15 minutes to 30 minutes to accommodate cohorts entering and exiting dressing rooms. However, we continue to encourage participants to come dressed and ready to play.”
To manage the flow of people within the facility and to maintain AHS-required user lists, the town has designated building entry points. The main entrance of the facility is assigned to users accessing the fieldhouse, weight room, fitness classes and walking track. The north and south entrances are assigned to ice users and spectators — north entrance users will use dressing rooms 7 and 10 and training rooms 1 and 2, while the south entrance has been assigned Rooms 11, 12, 13 and 14.
In the release the town notes facility spectator guidelines continue to adhere to AHS recommendations and directions and may be subject to change. Spectators are permitted to a maximum of 100 with a physical distance of two metres between members of different households (exceptions for core/household cohorts). Spectators are not permitted within participant spaces and must enter and exit the facility at the same entrance as the ice user they are with. Specific seating sections have been opened and marked and a standing area has been prepared according to AHS guidelines.
See more in the Sept. 29 print edition of Town & Country This Week.