Restriction of Gathering and Public Access Communication

We are reaching out to inform you of the recent changes to operations at City and partner recreation and community facilities. These changes are the result of the State Of Local Emergency (SOLE) declared by the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) on March 16 and the Alberta Government declaration of a Public Health Emergency on March 17.

This new directive enables the Alberta Government to make decisions to manage public health and safety. The Alberta Government order requires reducing the capacity of events and facilities to 50% of their fire load card occupancy, to a maximum of 50 attendees.

Effective immediately, measures are being taken to reduce the risk of transmission. These measures are for the protection of all Albertans, to manage social distancing:

  • To create alignment with the recent indoor recreational facility closures all City-operated outdoor playfields and surfaces, including natural and artificial turf rectangular fields, ball diamonds, and outdoor rinks are closed. This includes those amenities at athletics parks, schools, communities and regional parks.
  • All organized outdoor sporting activities are cancelled. This is being implemented as there is ongoing risk of transmission while playing organized sports that require close proximity, contact or are unable to modify to manage social distancing.
  • All events and engagements being held on or in a City facility, that have been scheduled between now and April 30 and have an expected capacity of over 50 people, are to be canceled or postponed. Please reach out to your event coordinator if you have any questions.

We recognize that you are an important partner in providing recreational and community services to Calgarians and that you may be facing challenging decisions in light these new orders for your indoor and outdoor community and recreational spaces. Therefore, all community partners are being asked to review their organizations' emergency action plans, governance and insurance coverage to determine the best response for their organizations, members and communities.

Due to the changes and need for physical distancing, your organization may choose to restrict or stop public access to services. If so, please inform your City liaison. We are tracking partner actions as this evolves to have a complete picture of service activity.

Sports and other community activities are an important part of providing recreational and community services to Calgarians and there may be more questions as we move into spring. We will be working through the coming weeks to keep you up to date as we continue to support and advocate for organizations.

Use of outdoor spaces and parks is encouraged as a means of maintaining physical and mental wellbeing. Therefore, public parks are still open for activities aligned with current AHS directives.

We appreciate your patience as we work together to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Thank you,

Ed Moore
Calgary Track Council