Important updates regarding COVID-19

UPDATED: March 1, 2022: We are now in Stage Two of the Government of Alberta’s COVID-19 Public Health Measures (details below)

STAGE ONE

Mandatory restriction – Effective February 9

The following changes will come into effect at that time, unless otherwise stated:

  • Restrictions Exemption Program removed, along with most associated restrictions.
  • Capacity limits in large facilities and entertainment venues (500+) remain in place, but food and beverages now allowed in seats.
  • Mandatory masking requirements removed for:
    • children 12 and under in all settings as of February 14
    • children and youth in schools for any age as of February 14

Indoor entertainment, event and recreation facilities (Feb. 9)

  • Large facilities must limit capacity to:
    • 50% if facility has fire occupancy load over 1,000.
    • 500 attendees if facility has fire occupancy load between 500 and 1,000.
    • No capacity limit if facility has fire occupancy load under 500.
  • Food and drink consumption in seated audience settings or during intermissions can resume.
  • Limit of 10 people maximum per table. No mingling between tables.
  • No interactive activities permitted (for example: dancing, darts, billiards).
  • Liquor service must end at 11 pm and stop liquor consumption at 12:30 am.

Adult and youth sport, fitness and performance activities

    • Indoor group classes, training and competitions are permitted, but participants are required to:
      • screen for symptoms
    • Spectator areas must:
      • require mandatory masking (except for children 12 and under as of Feb. 14)
      • limit capacity in large facilities to:
        • 50% if facility has fire occupancy load over 1,000
        • 500 attendees if facility has fire occupancy load between 500 and 1,000
        • No capacity limit if facility has fire occupancy load under 500

Places of Worship

  • Capacity limits on places of worship removed.
  • Masks remain mandatory (except for children 12 and under as of February 14)
  • Weddings and Funerals-Updates not yet posted

Masking and Social Distancing

  • Masking and 2 metres physical distancing are mandatory in all indoor public spaces, workplaces, and places of worship. However, mandatory masking requirements removed for:
    • children 12 and under in all settings as of February 14
    • children and youth in schools for any age as of February 14
  • For fully vaccinated people who have just completed the 5-day isolation and no longer have symptoms, masks must be worn at all times outside of home for an additional 5 days.
  • Employees must mask in all indoor work settings, except while alone in work stations.
  • Masks should fit well and be of high quality. People at risk of severe outcomes should wear medical masks when in settings with people outside of their household.

STAGE TWO (In effect as of March 1st)

Alberta will enter Step 2 starting on March 1, if hospitalizations are trending downwards. At that time, the following measures will be updated.

  • Youth screening activities for entertainment and sport activities removed
  • Capacity on all large venues and entertainment venues lifted.
  • Indoor and outdoor social gathering limits lifted.
  • Mandatory work-from-home requirements lifted.
  • Indoor masking no longer required.

STAGE THREE 

 The timeline for Alberta entering Step 3 is to be determined and will depend on hospitalization rates continuing to trend downward.

  • COVID-specific continuing care measures removed.
  • Mandatory isolation removed (becomes a recommendation only).

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:
fiona.morin@fmcsd.ab.ca
587-960-4112 Ext. 2

For Theatre bookings, please contact our Special Events Facilitator:
tammy.stanley@fmcsd.ab.ca
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. SECPA will always follow the lead of the Fort McMurray Catholic School Division.

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