COVID-19 Update – Step 1

Updated February 8th, 2021

Status: Acadia Recreation Complex will remain closed, with limited open allowable use (Step 1).

Hello members and program participants,

The Government of Alberta has released its new reopening plan that will guide health measures currently in place, centered on COVID-19 hospitalization benchmarks. Each step of the plan provides corresponding restrictions that are set to protect our healthcare system.

Click here to review the new plan
Based on this plan, at this time (step 1), we have opened some allowable areas with the following restrictions:

Curling Rink: We have made the difficult decision to take out our curling ice effective today, February 8th, and cancel the remainder of the curling season.

Ice Rink: School groups are permitted to use the ice hockey rink. Youth ice hockey and youth ringette are able to book ice.

  • All participants must be 18 years old or younger, except coaches or trainers
  • All use must be booked in advance
  • Children and youth will be allowed to participate in lessons, practices and conditioning activities for team-based, minor sports/activities and school athletics
  • Games are not allowed at this time
  • Maximum of 10 total individuals, including all coaches, trainers, and participants per booking
  • Physical distancing must be maintained between participants at all times (3-metres physical distance for indoor activities). Coaches or trainers may enter physical distancing space for brief interactions with participants (for example, to correct form or technique)
  • Participants must be masked at all times, except during the training activity. Coaches and trainers must remain masked at all times.

Squash/Racketball courts: One on one coach-participant lessons are able to be booked.

  • Sessions must be scheduled by appointment
  • No drop-in use is permitted
  • No sports games, competitions, team practice, allowed at this time
  • Trainers must be certified and/or paid trainers who are providing active instruction and correction.
  • Trainers are to remain masked during the session
  • Trainers and participants must stay 3 metres away from others at all times

Hall rentals: Remain closed.

Public access to the ARC outside of bookings, remain closed.

We would like to thank our members and program participants for your continued support. We are so appreciative and proud of the ARC staff for their efforts keeping our facility safe and clean. Please continue to follow our social channels and website for updates and details as they become available.

Contact moc.a1621177126caida1621177126ca@dr1621177126aob1621177126 with any questions.

Thank you,

Your Acadia Community Association

ARC access and screening:

The health and safety of our staff and user groups are vital to our reopening strategy. As per the direction from Government of Alberta, Alberta Health Services, and the City of Calgary, the Acadia Recreation Complex has implemented the following:

  • Upon arrival at the ARC, you are asked to immediately hand sanitize.
  • Please complete the form located at the tables in the lobby, this is critical for contact tracing.
  • Please read through the posted signage in the lobby pertaining to COVID-19 symptoms. If you answer yes to any of the symptoms described, you are NOT permitted to enter the facility. You are required to leave the facility immediately.
  • We ask that you practice the following guidelines provided by the City of Calgary while in our facility:

Stay home and away from others

  • If you’re showing symptoms or feeling unwell
  • If you have travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
  • If you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive or are waiting for test results for COVID-19

Masks and face coverings

In our arena and courts, you must wear a mask whenever you are not actively engaging in a physical activity. For example, masks must be worn:

  • In change rooms
  • In the lobby
  • When you’re traveling to other areas in the facility
  • If you’re coaching
  • If you are a spectator

You do not have to wear a mask if you meet any of the exemption criteria. Learn more about the Temporary Face Coverings Bylaw.

How we’re keeping you safe

  • Making sure our facilities align with provincial guidelines
  • Cleaning and disinfecting high touch areas (e.g. doors, counters, railings)
  • Providing access to hand sanitizer and hand wash stations
  • Having staff maintain physical distancing and wear face coverings when possible

How you and your group can keep safe

Permit holders/organizers

  • Make sure all participants understand the COVID-19 guidelines
  • Follow your provincial and national sport governing bodies’ guidelines related to COVID-19
  • Limit the number of contacts between different participants by playing within set cohorts (e.g. mini-leagues or bubbles with a fixed number of participants)
  • Tell participants they must bring their own water
  • Collect participant contact information to support contact tracing if necessary
  • Follow guidelines for indoor and outdoor gatherings
  • Help coaches and instructors reinforce messages about physical distancing (2 metres or 6 feet apart if possible) and limiting physical contact; no close contact huddles, no handshakes or high fives
  • Manage your teams to spend as little time as possible in the facilities (including change rooms)
  • Frequently clean and disinfect any equipment handled by hand (e.g. hockey sticks, pucks, balls)

Participants and spectators

  • Maintain physical distancing and wear masks when possible. Masks should not be worn when conducting intense physical activities.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before, during and after your activity
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth and face
  • Cover coughs and sneezes in a tissue or your elbow
  • Carry and use your own hand sanitizer
  • Players should come dressed in gear as much as possible
  • Bring and clean your own equipment. Avoid sharing equipment unless you are in the same household or cohort. Do not share water bottles and towels.
  • Arrive no more than 30 minutes before your booking time
  • Don’t gather or loiter in dressing rooms, parking areas or public areas before, during or after your activity
  • Practice physical distancing in spectator areas; spectator stands will not be disinfected and cleaned in between bookings
  • Spectators should stay away from dressing rooms and play surfaces unless required to support players 
  • Leave the location as soon as your activities end to reduce overlap of bookings

Arena specific measures

  • Water fountains and vending machines are not available
  • Faucets in change rooms should only be used for washing hands
  • Spectator stands will not be disinfected and cleaned in between bookings
  • Change rooms are open with physical distancing measures in place; players should come dressed in gear as much as possible
  • User groups are expected to maintain cohort groups in dressing rooms (don’t use dressing rooms with people outside of your cohort groups