Last night Town Council passed a motion establishing “drop dead dates” for ice removal as Feb 12, for Arena #2, and Feb 28 for Arena #1. If the restrictions are not changed by those dates, then the following week ice will be removed from the respective arena. Once ice is removed in a particular arena, it will not be installed until the next season.
The restriction changes (called “step 1”) that come into place on Feb 8th, will allow school usage and usage by a certified trainer for one on one instruction only. While we recognize there may be some activities that could occur in the MRC (overall), it is tough to warrant recalling staff for only a few hours per day. Unless restrictions change, the MRC will remain closed at this time. The Alberta Government has given indications that the “step 1” restrictions will be in place for 3 weeks. Secondly, the “step 2” phase will still be restricted to a large degree (with indication that potentially some restrictions might lift in relation to youth sport). Adult sport is not listed as even a potential consideration until “step 3.”
This is has been a tough & unprecedented ice season. The Town must weigh a balance between potentially moving forward with ice usage later this spring (not knowing what that will look like) & fiscal responsibility. To be clear, none of this is easy, with a lot of uncertainty – all of which are in response to the restrictions imposed by the Alberta Government.
We appreciate the cooperation that our customers & user groups have given us, as we work together to try to navigate these times. We are looking forward to the day when we can re-launch our facility again.