Important updates regarding COVID-19

UPDATED: June 15, 2020

The Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts (SECPA) will be re-opening our theatre, art studios, classrooms and gymnasiums starting on September 1, 2020 and will follow Government of Alberta imposed guidelines and restrictions. Please read the following carefully.

To book space at SECPA, please fill out an online booking form:


Please email secpa@fmcsd.ab.ca or phone 587-960-4298 if you have any specific questions or concerns.

UpTown at SECPA can be reached at uptown@fmcsd.ab.ca or 587-960-4297

What can open with restrictions

  • K-12 schools, for requested diploma exams and summer school, following guidance
  • Libraries
  • More surgeries
  • Wellness services such as massage, acupuncture and reflexology
  • Personal services (esthetics, cosmetic skin and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facial treatment, artificial tanning)
  • Indoor recreation, fitness, and sports, including gyms and arenas
  • Movie theatres and theatres
  • Community halls
  • Team sports
  • Pools for leisure swimming
  • VLTs in restaurants and bars
  • Casinos and bingo halls (but not table games)
  • Instrumental concerts

    Events and gatherings can be larger in stage two

    Maximum 50 people:

    • Indoor social gatherings – including wedding and funeral receptions, and birthday parties

    Maximum 100 people:

    • Outdoor events and indoor seated/audience events – including wedding and funeral ceremonies

    No cap on the number of people (with public health measures and physical distancing in place):

    • Worship gatherings
    • Restaurants, cafés, lounges and bars
    • Casinos
    • Bingo halls

    There is more flexibility for ‘cohort’ groups – small groups of people whose members do not always keep two metres apart:

    • A household can increase its close interactions with other households to a maximum of 15 people
    • Performers can have a cohort of up to 50 people (cast members or performers)
    • Sports teams can play in region-only cohorts of up to 50 players (mini leagues)
    • People could be part of a sports/performing and household cohort

    Everyone is encouraged to follow public health guidelines and notify others in the cohort(s) if they have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. If they do test positive or have symptoms, mandatory isolation is required.

    Still not approved in stage two

    • Social gatherings that exceed above listed maximums
    • Regular in-school classes for kindergarten to Grade 12. Classes will resume September 2020
    • Vocal concerts (as singing carries a higher risk of transmission)
    • Major festivals and concerts, large conferences, trade shows and events (as these are non-seated social events and/or vocal concerts)
    • Nightclubs
    • Amusement parks
    • Hookah lounges (permitted for food and drink only)
    • Major sporting events and tournaments
    • Non-essential travel outside the province is not recommended. This recommendation will not be lifted until stage three of the relaunch strategy.

    The success of stage two will determine when Alberta progresses to stage three. Factors are active cases, health-care system capacity, hospitalization and intensive care unit (ICU) cases, and infection rates. For more information, visit alberta.ca/RelaunchStrategy.

    Quick facts

    • Relaunch stages include an evaluation and monitoring period to determine if restrictions should be adjusted. Triggers that will inform decisions include active cases, hospitalizations and intensive care unit (ICU) occupancy.
    • Active cases, the percentage of positive results and the rate of infection will be monitored to inform proactive responses in localized areas of the province.
    • Decisions will be applied at both provincial and local levels, where necessary. While restrictions are gradually eased across the province, an outbreak may mean that they need to be strengthened temporarily in a local area.
    • Physical distancing and good hygiene are the most important measures to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.
    • Clean your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, and dispose of tissues appropriately.

General COVID-19 Information

Prevention

There are two important ways to prevent and control respiratory viruses in community school settings:

The first is for community members who are ill with respiratory illness symptoms (fever, cough, fatigue, and/or muscle aches) to stay home and not attend scheduled activities. If you (or your child) is not feeling well, we ask that you stay home to recover.

The second way to prevent and control respiratory viruses is the consistent practice of good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene. Good respiratory etiquette includes covering the mouth and nose during coughing or sneezing with a tissue or a flexed elbow and disposing of used tissues in a plastic-lined waste container, followed by hand hygiene. Hand hygiene is the washing of hands with plain soap and water, which is effective at removing visible soil as well as viruses. We are enhancing our communication to community members about hand-washing, sneeze/cough etiquette, and preventing illness – including new signage and supplies within our facilty.

REMINDER: Masks are not necessary for people who are not experiencing symptoms. In children in particular, masks can be irritating and may actually increase touching of the face and eyes, which increases the risk of infection. Children who have symptoms should be kept home rather than relying on masks.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Regular cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces (e.g., door handles, water fountain push buttons) helps prevent the transmission of viruses. Our facility has asked our custodial services to focus attention on daily cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces at all of our school sites.

Food Sharing

Participants should not be sharing food, utensils, dishes, and water bottles or drink containers. Although this practice is important for preventing exposures to allergens, it is equally important in reducing virus transmission between people.

Psychological Considerations

A new virus such as the COVID-19 can create anxiety and be difficult for people to understand, especially if someone they know is sick, or they see or hear troubling messages on the radio, internet or television. It is normal for people to feel worried and nervous and have questions.

You can support your family by reassuring them about their personal safety and health:

Limit their access to news and online stories about the issue.
Maintain a normal routine unless otherwise advised by an authority.
Encourage them to talk to you about their concerns.
Reassure them they are safe.
Advise them of steps they can take to stay healthy:
~Wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing the ABC’s to measure time), especially after coughing or sneezing.
~Cough and sneeze into arm or tissue.
~Stay home if they are not feeling well.
~Keep hands away from face and mouth.
~Stay healthy by eating healthy foods, keeping physically active, and getting enough sleep.

Health Information

Contact 8-1-1 (Health Link) or your health care provider for questions about your personal health situation.

Please note: SECPA does not have the authority to make public health decisions. If steps are taken in relation to a public health concern, it is at the direction of the Alberta Health Services and local health authorities. SECPA, in conjunction with Fort McMurray Catholic Schools, is in regular communication with Alberta Education, Alberta Health Services, and school divisions across the province. At this time, school divisions have not been directed to take steps in relation to coronavirus and SECPA will follow the lead of the Fort McMurray Catholic School Division.

For any updates from Alberta Health Services please visit https://fmcschools.ca/covid-19-information/