Important updates regarding COVID-19: Implementing the Restrictions Exemption Program at SECPA

UPDATED: September 19, 2021

2021 COVID-19 – Alberta Government’s Restrictions Exemption Program

Our team at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts (SECPA) considers the health and well-being of our community members and our staff as a high priority. Therefore, based on the information provided by the Alberta government and to continue to offer the most effective service to our community, SECPA will be implementing the Restrictions Exemption Program to most of its activities with the exception of Youth (under 18) sport, fitness and performance activities as permitted under CMOH Order 43-2021

General Conditions – Applies to all

Masking Requirements
Except while engaged in physical activities or performance activity,  all participants or attendees MUST wear a face mask in all indoor space except for provisions listed in CMOH order 43-2021

Daily Screening & Symptoms
In all circumstances and irrespective of any exemption program in place, any individual who has symptoms for COVID-19 as listed here are prohibited entry to any premises operated by the School Division and SECPA and must follow the testing and isolation protocols mandated by AHS

Access to facilities
Access to facilities is restricted to authorized individuals as prescribed below.   For authorized users, access is further restricted to 10 minutes before the start of a scheduled activity and 10 minutes after its completion.

Part 1 – Restrictions Exemption Program for SECPA
Agencies or groups that are permitted to continue to conduct activities at SECPA under the “Alberta Restrictions Exemption Program” are subjected to the following conditions and procedures: 

Screening of participants or attendees
As a condition of the use of all indoor spaces provided through agreement with SECPA,  the agency or group must comply to the following: 

Screen every participant or attendees aged 12 and over to show one of the following when accessing the facility:

  • Proof of vaccination as set out in CMOH order;
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result from a sample taken with the prior 72 hours; or
  • Original vaccine medical exemption letter

Each user group will designate a member, preferably the person who initially completed the booking request, to keep a log of all participants and note each participant’s proof of vaccination status as per the above AHS protocols. The onus is on each group to ensure that these records are always kept up-to-date, are accurate, and that the AHS protocols are being followed.

Alternatively, the user group may request and keep a copy of the proof of vaccination (such as of new COVID-19 Immunization Card) or medical exception letter from their members rather than completing a check before every event.  Those electing to use a proof of negative testing will need to be screened at every event/scheduled time.

Officials from the School Division and SECPA will conduct periodic on-site verification of adherence to the conditions of the Restrictions Exemption Program by user groups.  Failure to comply with any of the conditions will result in loss of rental privilege for the entire group.  All records and logs must be available for review upon request during the scheduled event or upon request.  

Part 2 –  Activities not under Restrictions Exemption Program
Under the Public Health order, youth (under 18) sport, fitness and performance activities are permitted and will continue to be offered under SECPA subject to the following conditions and procedures: 

  • Indoor group classes, training, and competitions are permitted, but participants are required to:
    • screen for symptoms
    • maintain 2 metres distancing, except youth while engaged in physical activity
    • wear a mask, except while engaged in physical or performing activities
  • Access to facilities will be restricted to participants and instructors/staff except for the parents/guardians of participants that are under the age of 12 that may wait for their children inside.  Masking and social distancing rules must be observed. 
  • “Physical activity” means a fitness or sport activity
  • “Performance activity” means singing, playing a musical instrument, dancing, acting or other activities of a similar nature and includes, but is not limited to, a rehearsal, concert, theatre, dance, choral, festival, musical and symphony events.  

Implementation and compliance

SECPA and the School Division are committed to be fully compliant to all Public Health Orders that may impact its operations.  The assistance and full cooperation of all user groups are essential to ensure the continuation of our community programs.   

Please contact the staff at SECPA for questions or further information.  

In addition to the Restrictions Exception Program, the following general procedures are in place at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts to ensure we are complying with COVID-19 guidelines and reducing the chance of spreading the virus:

  • Anyone entering the facility MUST wear a mask (masks are mandatory in all indoor areas at all times)
  • Anyone entering the facility must use the provided hand sanitizer before proceeding into the building
  • The Black Box Theatre audience is reduced to a maximum capacity of 150 to allow for social distancing
  • Audience members are to remain masked
  • Regular hand washing is encouraged
  • All guests must practise 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.
  • Regular cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces will be implemented.
  • Anyone who is ill with respiratory illness symptoms (fever, cough, fatigue, and/or muscle aches) WILL NOT be permitted in the building
  • Participants are encouraged to use the Daily Health Check to monitor any symptoms
  • Click here to review symptoms of COVID-19

Booking Space at SECPA

If you are unsure of how this update affects your ability to book at SECPA, please contact our Community Schools Facilitator:
587-960-4112 Ext. 2

For Theatre bookings, please contact our Special Events Facilitator:
587-960-4112 Ext. 1

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 further updates from Alberta Health Services please visit