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September 9th, 2020 Covid Update

September 09, 2020

Sept. 9, 2020

Week 26 – We are wishing all the staff and students a great first week back!  It’s inspiring to see all the positive messages from staff and happy faces of kids.

Last week our Library and our Gallery opened to the public for the first time since closure in March.  There are a lot of guidelines to follow to ensure public and staff safety.  These should come of no surprise to anyone as they are very similar to what are businesses have been implementing for a few months now.  Smaller details can be found on posters but overall the point is to not attend if you have any symptoms, to use hand sanitizer, to limit your time and only attend with members of your family or alone.  What won’t change is that you will be greeted with smiles and an amazing collection of art and literary works!  Come out and enjoy what they have to offer!

·         The Gallery is open during regular office hours

o   Monday to Friday 8:30am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 4:30pm

·         The Library is open

o   Tuesday 1:00pm – 8:00pm

o   Wednesday 2:00pm – 6:00pm

o   Thursday 9:00am – 12:00pm

o   Friday 9:00am – 1:00pm

Our Recreation staff spent a great deal of time working with Public Works staff this summer and our focus has now shifted almost entirely to the rink.  We are so happy to report that the new Chiller and other small upgrades on the plant are allowing us to operate more efficiently.  It is very exciting for our staff to work with this new equipment.  Our Recreation Foreman, Kyle, will be walking Council members and Rec Board members through the Ice Plant room today.  Opening two weeks later in the season also allows our Ice Plant operate easier due to the cooler weather so we are on target to have the arena open Sept. 19th for the Rage Camp.

This week much collaboration has happened with Recreation people around the province as we work to develop Safe Opening Plans for our Arenas.  We are working towards two goals 1) Opening our rink safely 2) Keeping it Open.  The success of these goals will be dependant on many things including the willingness of users and our staff to follow guidelines and adapt to the changes.  Our staff is on board with doing what we can do, we trust that the users will do the same. 

There are many personal opinions regarding Covid 19 but we are directed by the province and other governing bodies to follow guidelines.  Within their guidelines we must determine what works for our community and our facility.  Listed below are a few of the guidelines we have seen implemented in other arenas around the province and may be part of our Safe Opening Plan for the Memorial Arena :

·         No games at this time (Sask Government mandated).

·         Spectators are limited to 30 people (Sask Government mandated)

·         Only one parent per child will be permitted (to ensure we maintain Government mandated numbers)

·         Only 9-11 people allowed in a dressing room at a time (to allow for Government mandated social distancing) and coaches are encouraged to group kids in a dressing room based on similar geographics.

·         Participants are encouraged to come dressed when possible and will only be allowed to enter the facility 20 minutes prior to beginning of practise and must leave 10 minutes following. 

·         No showering allowed at this time.

·         All users (spectators, executives, coaches, participants) will be told what doors they can use to enter and exit and posters will be put up directing this.

I have heard many people express frustration over Government restrictions on hockey games at this time.  I have also heard many others trying to make the best of a difficult situation by focussing on how we can make it work until we get back to regular play.  I encourage users to remember how much fun a scrimmage can be with teammates, how much learning can happen with FUN drills and how skills can be developed when we aren’t pressured to prepare for a weekend game.  Yes, coaches may need to dig deep and practises will look different but what hasn’t changed is that kids like to be active, they like to be with friends and they like to be on the ice.  Some may call it a stretch to look at it this way, others may call it an opportunity.

Information for the Walk this Way and Shuffle Club organizers will be shared in the next few weeks following the Recreation and Council meetings and their decision on, to what capacity, the PCC will be opening.  We are starting to receive calls for rentals for up to 30 people which is the maximum allowed people in a building at a time.  It’s a great space to hold a social distanced meeting!

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the great improvements being made in the Courtyard this week.  The trees are being trimmed up to ensure they stay healthy for years to come.  So many compliments have been received and fall will be a great time to walk through and enjoy this very unique space that our community is blessed to have.

A few dates to remember:

·         Sept. 1 – annual elm pruning ban lifted

·         Sept. 16 – Minor Hockey Registration

·         Sept. 18 – Rage Golf Tournament (call Brian Noad at 780-260-0058 to register)

·         Oct. 7th at 4:00pm – Call for nominations for the Municipal Election will close

·         Nov. 9th - 2020 Municipal Election

A few months back, the Dr. Jody Carrington did a live session for the people of Kerrobert thanks to sponsorship from the Tralapa Music and Sports Festival.  They introduced us to this very colorful and inspiring professional author and speaker who, for many has become an important mentor.  In her live Facebook session this morning she shared some great words, “Kindness and grace is more contagious than this virus” Dr Jody Carrington. 

 

Sask Health Line - 811
West Central Crisis Center – 1-306-463-6655
West Central Crisis after hours – 1-306-463-1860 (24 hour line)
Heartland Health Region - 1-866-268-9139
Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868
Kerrobert Food Bank - 834-5389
Kerrobert KidSport – 834-2344
Recreation on call phone – 834-8355

Bobbi Hebron
Recreation Director