The Government of Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency, and starting Sept. 20 adopted a Restriction Exemption Program.
The City of Leduc will participate in the program and visitors (aged 12 years and older) will be required to provide proof of vaccination, medical exemption or a negative PCR or rapid test (privately-paid, completed within the last 72 hours) when visiting the following facilities:
- Alexandra Arena
- Leduc Recreation Centre
- Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts
- Operations Building
Note: Visitors under the age of 18 who are taking part in organized sport, recreation and performance bookings at City's facilities implementing the province's Restriction Exemption Program (e.g., Leduc Recreation Centre, Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts) are not required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination/negative test.
What does this mean when accessing the Leduc Recreation Centre:
- Up until Oct. 24, one dose will be accepted if it was received 14 days prior to accessing the facility.
- Starting Oct. 25, two doses will be required and it must have been administered on or before Oct. 11.
- You will be greeted at the entrance where a Rec Check Table will be set up.
- Please be prepared to provide proof of vaccination, medical exemption or a negative PCR/rapid test that has been privately paid for within the last 72 hours. Visitors under the age of 18 who are taking part in organized sport, recreation and performance bookings are not require to provide this documentation.
- Once past the Rec Check Table, guests will be free to move about the facility as per usual. Face masks are still required for all visitors whether they are vaccinated or not.
- During the initial stages of the program, please plan to arrive a little earlier than normal. We ask for patience as City employees review patrons’ individual paperwork at the door.
- We will process refunds at the Leduc Recreation Centre upon request and appreciate your patience as our teams are fielding a number of inquires. Please email email@example.com or phone 780-980-7120 for assistance.
- We have been in contact with sport organizations and user groups who frequently access the Leduc Recreation Centre.
The decision to take part in the provincial Restriction Exemption Program at four of our facilities was made so that we can provide services to as many residents as possible. And although we understand the program is causing frustration for some members of the public as they access these facilities, we ask patrons to treat our staff with respect. They are working hard to keep these facilities open. Proof of vaccination, medical exemption or a negative COVID-19 test is a very polarized topic. We know that everyone does not agree, but we cannot allow employees to be bullied or treated inappropriately as they interact with the public. Leduc Enforcement Services and the RCMP are on-site at the Leduc Recreation Centre to support our staff. Thank you to the vast majority of guests who have responded with compassion and patience. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
Other City-run indoor facilities
All other City-run indoor facilities – including the Leduc Civic Centre – will not require proof of vaccination, medical exemption or a negative PCR or rapid test to enter but will operate with reduced capacity limits as directed by the Government of Alberta. This will allow the City of Leduc to maintain ease of access to essential services for all residents and community members.
Riders on Leduc Transit will not be required to provide proof of vaccination, medical exemption or a negative PCR or rapid test to board.
Additional provincial public health measures are also in effect to help reduce transmission. The public is encouraged to get vaccinated, visit the Government of Alberta’s website for more information and to stay up to date. Please continue to be patient, respectful and compassionate to one another and our staff.
Supports for business
The business community is welcome to use the following downloadable materials at their discretion and review the city's COVID-19 Economic Recovery efforts.
Restriction Exemption Program posters
Capacity limit posters
Face mask/covering posters
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Restriction Exemption Program?
It’s a program that the Government of Alberta will roll out on Sept. 20 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It will llow businesses and organizations an opportunity to continue providing services without reducing capacity limits.
Why is the City participating in the Restriction Exemption Program?
The Government of Alberta declared a state of public health emergency on Sept. 15 and introduced a new Restriction Exemption Program that will allow businesses and organizations to continue to operate without limiting capacity. Businesses that choose not to participate in the program will need to follow a number of capacity and operating restrictions. In order to continue serving a greater number of residents, the City of Leduc has decided to participate in the Restriction Exemption Program.
Which City buildings will be part of the Restriction Exemption Program and which are not?
Facilities that are participating in the Restriction Exemption Program include: Alexandra Arena, Leduc Recreation Centre (LRC), Maclab Theatre and Operations Building. Facilities that are not participating in the Restriction Exemption Program and will adhere to capacity limits include: Civic Centre, Eco Station, Protective Services (i.e., Enforcement Services, Fire House No. 1 and Fire House No. 2) and Telford Court.
Why are some City buildings participating in the Restriction Exemption Program and some are not?
The City will take a facility-dependent approach, taking into account the operational profile of each facility. Our recreation facilities will participate in the program to avoid capacity restrictions. Other City buildings, such as the Leduc Civic Centre, serve as the home to many essential services (i.e., community support services). Requiring proof of vaccination at these worksites may create barriers to vulnerable populations who visit them regular for daily living. As such, these facilities will operate with capacity limits to continue providing services to our residents.
Specifically, the program is not being implemented at select facilities for these reasons:
- The Leduc Civic Centre provides essential services to the community and is required for daily living; therefore, it is not part of the Restriction Exemption Program.
- The Eco Station provides outdoor services, which is subject to different restrictions from services provided indoors. As a result, the Eco Station will not participate in the Restriction Exemption Program.
- The Protective Services Building, Fire House No. 1 and No. 2 provide essential services to the community and are required for daily living; therefore, these facilities will not participate in the Restriction Exemption Program.
Why is the City asking for proof of vaccination?
The Government of Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency and introduced a Restriction Exemption Program that will allow businesses and organizations to ask for proof of vaccination, medical exemption or a negative PCR or rapid test (completed within the last 72 hours) instead of reducing capacity limits. The City has decided to participate in the program in order to continue serving our community. Respectfully, City staff will ask for proof of vaccination, medical exemption or a negative PCR or rapid test (completed within the last 72 hours) at the entrance of Alexandra Arena, Leduc Recreation Centre (LRC), Maclab Theatre and Operations Building.
Do I need proof of vaccination, medical exemption or a negative PCR or rapid test to ride Leduc Transit?
No, you do not need proof of vaccination, medical exemption or a negative PCR or rapid test to ride Leduc Transit. You are however still required to wear a face mask/covering.
Why do I need to wear a mask if I am vaccinated?
According to guidelines from the Government of Alberta, organizations that choose to implement the Restriction Exemption Program must continue to follow indoor mandatory masking requirements. For more information, please visit www.alberta.ca/COVID-19.
Why do I still need a mask when the City has limited the number of people allowed in the building?
According to guidelines from the Government of Alberta, masking is mandatory for all indoor public spaces and workplaces. For more information, please visit www.alberta.ca/COVID-19.