New COVID-19 Restrictions Announced on Sept 15

15 September, 2021

MEMO:   CLUB UPDATE – PROVINCE ANNOUNCES PROVINCIAL STATE OF PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY
FROM:    Danny Da Costa, Chief Executive Officer
TO:         OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre Members, Program Participants and Staff

DATE:     September 15, 2021

 



Dear Member, Program Participant and Staff Member,
 
This evening, Premier Jason Kenney and the Government of Alberta announced a state of public health emergency and will implement new measures beginning at 12:01 am September 16th, 2021, with further restrictions beginning as of September 20th, 2021.
 
Details from the Government of Alberta can be found here: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-public-health-actions.aspx
NOTE: Please Check our website, Club App and social media channels for regular updates.
 
As part of tonight’s announcement, the province announced a Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) or vaccination passport, beginning September 20th. Businesses that implement the Restrictions Exemption Program would operate as usual, provided they are serving only people who have proof of immunization or who have a recent privately paid negative test, as per the requirements in place. This means they could immediately and without restriction serve any individual eligible for vaccination who:

  1. Has proof of double vaccination (note that for a transitional period between Sept. 20 and Oct. 25, proof of a single dose would be considered acceptable as long as the dose was given two weeks or more before the time of service).
  2. Has documentation of a medical exemption.
  3. Has proof of a recent (within the previous 72 hours) negative COVID-19 test (either PCR or Rapid Test). The test may not be from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories.
  4. Those under age 12 would not need to provide proof of immunization or a negative test to enter a participating business.

 
The OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre (ATC) will be entering the REP program and details will be made available tomorrow. This means that starting on September 20th, 2021 only citizens meeting the above criteria will be able to access the ATC facility. Therefore, at this point, we strongly encourage our members, program participants and staff members to get vaccinated, so we can all go back to enjoying the sport of tennis at the ATC.
 
The ATC is seeking further information and clarification from the province and how tonight’s announcement will affect operations. A more fulsome update will be communicated tomorrow.
 
We have a shared responsibility to keep our staff/members/program participants safe, therefore effectively immediately, we will be reinforcing the following:
 

  • Everyone entering the ATC must is required to wear a face-covering in public indoor spaces. All of our members, program participants and staff are required to wear a face-covering upon entry into the tennis centre, in common areas such as (washrooms, locker rooms, corridors, when spectating and at the entrance. You are not required to wear a face-covering when playing.
  • Upon arrival at the OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre, you are asked to immediately hand-sanitize
  • You are required to complete the wellness screening protocol at the Front Desk before entering the facility. Please complete the form (including your name, date and time of arrival). This is critical for contact tracing.
  • If you answer yes to any of the symptoms described on the form (Appendix A – Wellness Screening) YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ENTER THE FACILITY OR PARTICIPATE IN PROGRAMMING. You are required to leave the facility immediately and not permitted to return until you are medically cleared by a doctor.
  • Prior to walking on-court, we are asking each of you to hand sanitize or wash your hands. We ask that you repeat this process prior to leaving the facility (conclusion of your match/practice).
  • We are asking that you leave the facility immediately after your booking or program.

 
If you (or a family member) are sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not come to the tennis centre.  The tennis centre will be here when you are healthy and can resume playing. The ATC will not penalize anyone if they are sick and cannot play. This means we will credit programs missed due to COVID symptom illnesses or court time.
 
Use of Locker Room / Washroom Facilities / Fitness Centre:

  • Please arrive dressed and ready to go. If you must change clothing, we ask that you maintain physical distancing protocols (2 metres). If someone is using the changing area, please wait until they are finished before entering this area.
  • No shower facilities are permitted at this time.
  • Washroom facilities are allowed, we ask that you wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds and hand sanitize if soap is not available.
  • A maximum of 4 members can use the fitness centre at any given time, provided they maintain 2 metres physical distance. You are permitted to book the fitness centre (60 minutes) through our online member platform.

 
Park & Play (Parent Drop-off):

  • Please arrive as close to your scheduled time as possible (5-10 minutes max).
  • You must follow the wellness screening protocols when you arrive.
  • Please wait outside the court until your program begins (you must always maintain physical distancing)
  • Parents are not permitted to watch your child’s program at this time. You are permitted to wait upstairs (arrive 5 minutes before the end of class) to collect your son or daughter. Do not wait outside in the hall to pick up your child.
  • Any parent waiting for their child upstairs must always maintain physical distancing (2 metres).

 
RESTRICTIONS: Effective September 16th @ 12:01 am:
 
Outdoor Events and Facilities with no indoor portion (excluding washrooms)

  • No attendance restrictions.
  • Two-metre physical distancing must be in place.

 
Children’s Sport/Performance/Recreation (extracurricular sports, performance, recreation and special interest)

  • Indoor activities are permitted, with requirements for two-metre physical distancing and masking where possible, and symptom screening for participants.
  • Youth aged 18 and under are not required to mask or maintain physical distancing during physical activity, such as a team sport.
  • Spectator attendance is limited to one-third of fire code capacity. Attendees must be masked and ensure physical distancing between different households or an individual who lives alone and their two close contacts.
  • There are no restrictions on outdoor activities.

 
Children’s Activities

  • Children’s day camps must have two-metre physical distancing between participants and masking indoors.
  • Children’s overnight camps must follow cohort models.

 
RESTRICTIONS: Effective September 20, 2021

  • Retail, entertainment and recreation facilities (includes any indoor venues, libraries, conferences, rental spaces, concerts, nightclubs, casinos and similar)
    • Attendance is limited to one-third of fire code capacity and
    • Attendees are only permitted to attend with their household or two close contacts for those living alone.
    • Attendees must be masked and have two-metre physical distancing between households.

 
*** - NOTE: These facilities are eligible to implement the Restrictions Exemption Program.
 
Adult (over 18 years old) sport, fitness, performance, and recreation: 

  • Indoor activities
    • No indoor group classes or activities are permitted.
    • One-on-one training or individual workouts are permitted but three-metre physical distancing is required.
    • No contact between players;
    • Indoor competitions are paused except where vaccine exemptions have been granted.
    • There are no restrictions on outdoor activities.

NOTE: These facilities and programs are eligible to implement the "Restrictions Exemption Program" (see below). Specific exemptions may also be granted on a case-by-case basis. (no further details at this time)
 
Restrictions Exemption Program - Starting Sept. 20, 2021

  • Vaccine-eligible individuals will be required to provide government-issued proof of immunization or a negative privately paid COVID-19 test from within the previous 72 hours to access a variety of participating social, recreational and discretionary events and businesses throughout the province.
  • To enter certain spaces that are participating in the program, including restaurants, bars and indoor organized events, people aged 12 and older will be required to show their proof of vaccination or a negative recent test result.
  • Businesses that implement the Restrictions Exemption Program would operate as usual, provided they are serving only people who have proof of immunization or who have a recent privately paid negative test, as per the requirements in place. This means they could immediately and without restriction serve any individual eligible for vaccination who:
  1. Has proof of double vaccination (note that for a transitional period between Sept. 20 and Oct. 25, proof of a single dose would be considered acceptable as long as the dose was given two weeks or more before the time of service).
  2. Has documentation of a medical exemption.
  3. Has proof of a recent (within the previous 72 hours) negative COVID-19 test (either PCR or Rapid Test). The test may not be from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories.
  4. Those under age 12 would not need to provide proof of immunization or a negative test to enter a participating business.

 
The safety of our members, program participants and team members remains our highest priority. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at (587) 393 1600 or via email: info@albertatenniscentre.ca
 
Sincerely,
 
Danny Da Costa
Chief Executive Officer
OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre
Tel: (587) 393 1604
Email: ddacosta@albertatenniscentre.ca