Town of Blackfalds announces new facility closures and updates

The changes come after the province declared a public state of emergency on Tuesday

The Town of Blackfalds voted to implement a mandatory mask bylaw on Nov. 24. It is currently not mandatory across the province of Alberta, just in select municipalities. Photo coutesy of the Town of Blackfalds

The Town of Blackfalds voted to implement a mandatory mask bylaw on Nov. 24. It is currently not mandatory across the province of Alberta, just in select municipalities. Photo coutesy of the Town of Blackfalds

The Town of Blackfalds announced new mandatory measures that will be implemented on Nov. 30.

The town has already implemented a mask bylaw that enforces face coverings to be worn in all public spaces.

In addition to the mask bylaw and the provincial wide restrictions, the town will be closing and modifying operations for some facilities.

Lacombe County currently has 31 active cases.

Blackfalds announced the following changes in a press release on Thursday.

Abbey Centre:

Effective Friday, Nov. 27

• The mandatory face-covering bylaw will be in effect Nov. 30 at the Abbey Centre. Complimentary non-medical masks are available at Guest Services for a limited time for those who do not bring their own.

• Face shields will be available for purchase, while quantities last, for those who are not able to wear a face covering.

• The Border Paving Fitness Centre remains open.

• Members and guests are asked to wear a face-covering throughout the facility and are permitted to remove the covering while working out.

• Users must sanitize all equipment before and after use.

• All registered and drop-in programs are cancelled.

• All individual and team sports in the Field House will be cancelled.

• The maximum capacity will remain at 200, which is well below the 25 per cent building capacity recommendations.

Civic Cultural Centre:

• The Town municipal office will be closed to the public starting Monday, November 30. Access is available by appointment only and a drop-off box is available at the front entrance for required payments.

• The Centre’s lobby will remain open as Library’s current operation meets provincial requirements.

• If you are entering the building by appointment, please refer to Bylaw 1253.20 as face coverings are now mandatory in the facility.

Eagle Builders Centre (Existing Multi-Plex Arena):

• Effective Friday, November 27, the arena will be closed to the public. Team sports and practices will not be permitted until the regulations are reevaluated.

FCSS:

• The FCSS office will remain open to the public and visitors are asked to follow the safety measures in place, wear a mask and stay 6 ft. apart from staff and other patrons.

• In-person youth programs will be moved online/virtually and will be re-assessed on Dec. 18.

Community Centre:

• The Community Centre is closed to the public and all facility bookings are cancelled. Church services are considered places of worship and may continue at 25 per cent capacity, and are based on total seating, not facility space.

The town is asking anyone who is feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms to immediately isolate and call 8-1-1.

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