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September 16th, 2020 Covid Update

September 17, 2020

Sept. 16, 2020

Week 27 – Our students are in school and the word is they are so happy to be back.  They were met with smiling staff and new guidelines that they seem to quickly adapt to.  We are all hopeful that the safe practises will ensure that they can stay in school.  We are also wishing all our farmers continued good weather so that they can complete their harvest quickly and safely!

The Kerrobert Memorial Arena Safe Opening Plan was reviewed by Kerrobert Staff, Kerrobert Town Council, Kerrobert Recreation Board and a representative from each user group who will be starting next week including Brian Feser – Kerrobert Minor Hockey President and Jen Shepherd - Kerrobert Minor Hockey; Brain Noad – Rage coach; and Jim Cholin – AA Wheatkings.  Together we built a plan that follows all Sask Government guidelines and seems reasonable for our arena.  It was promising to see that everyone was on board with the plan and ready to help ensure the safety and good health of our community.  Following is a snip of information from our Safe Opening Plan.  The full version will be posted on the Kerrobert Minor Hockey website and the Town of Kerrobert website and handed out to all user groups and parents this week.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

·         Stay home if you are showing unexplained symptoms that are related to Covid 19.

·         Maximum gathering must not total more than the maximum gathering limit per the Sask Re Open Plan :

o   50 people per mini league, includes coaches/staff, instructors, participants from multiple teams, officials and volunteers who cannot maintain two metes of distancing at all times.  For those wishing to rent privately and outside of a governing organization, clarification on what constitutes a mini league should be directed to our Public Health Inspector at 306-882-2672 option 3 ext 3 OR (306) 948-3323 ext. 2769

§  Mini leagues should remain together until restrictions are further relaxed.

§  Game play can resume between teams in a mini league and must be limited to teams within the same mini league.

§  Teams in different mini leagues should not play each other.

§  Tournaments and interprovincial travel are not permitted.

o   30 people on ice.  Teams need to be separated while on the sidelines, and players cannot exceed gathering limits during games, practices or training. 

o   30 spectators in section A, B, or C in bleachers.

PROCEDURE FOR ENTERING THE BUILDING

·         EVERYONE who uses the arena is recommended to fill in the online self assessment which can be found online at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19.

·         Spectators and are required to sign in at the book provided at the front door; you will be asked for your name, phone number and/or email.  This process allows us to facilitate contact tracing, if necessary. Records of attendance will be retained for a minimum of one month and will only be used for the purposes of Covid-19 contact tracing. 

·         Coaches, players, parents, referees will be tracked by their organization as they enter their door.

·         EVERYONE must use the hand sanitizer at the front entrance.

·         EVERYONE is asked to limit their time spent in the facility, as well as maintain physical distancing when returning to their vehicles or homes.

·         People are discouraged from visiting in the lobby.

·         All traffic in and out of the building must be controlled to ensure minimum interactions between user groups and staff members. The following traffic flow plans are in place; they are subject to change as operations dictate their effectiveness:

o   Participants/Skaters, Coaching Staff, Managers, Referees:

§  Will enter using the South side door by the police station marked “participants” and proceed directly to assigned dressing room

§  Will exit using the west side lobby door facing D Lux Hardware marked “exit”

o   Rage players/coaching staff :

§  Will enter and exit using the south Rage door

o   Spectators :

§  Will enter using the north front doors by the Reddi Mart marked “Spectators” and proceed to the bleacher area.

§  Will exit using the north side door facing the Reddi Mart or the west side door facing D’ Lux marked “exit”

We are planning to open for Pubic Skate next week although it will look different than it did in the past.  We will be setting specific age groups to attend at one time to ensure our users can social distance.  This could change depending on the number of people we have attending.  Please be patient with us as we work this out.  We may also be setting specific times that shinny can occur as it is a regular concern that shinny playing can get in the way of those wishing to skate.  Watch for more information on this!

The Recreation Board received a generous donation from the Tiny Tot Playschool who closed their doors last year after serving the community for many years.  The current Executive met us this week to present a cheque for $5000 for future improvements at our Kerrobert Swimming Pool.  This money was raised from years of fundraising and dedication from Playschool staff and families and it will now help to secure a future of fun for our families at the pool.  Many, many thanks!

 

The Kerrobert Cemetery Committee is currently in the middle of an important project that has them placing a red maple leaf at each veteran / RCMP grave site to commemorate their service to our Country.   It is adding to the beauty of our cemetery and part of their on-going improvement plans.  We encourage residents to visit the cemetery to see what has been done and notify us if someone has been missed.  The cost of this project is $3000.  If you wish to make a donation to assist with the costs, please drop them off at the Kerrobert Town Office and specify the project to ensure the funds are directed accordingly.  As well they are also finishing off the 1st phase of lifting /straightening headstones.  Any and all donations are appreciated in both these projects.

 

The Kerrobert Food Bank is open for use.  Volunteers have stated that use over the summer was low however, they are prepared to assist when necessary.  The Food Bank is located in the Kerrobert United Church at 320 Lanigan Street.  Please call 834-5389 for the month of September to make an appointment.  In October, please call 834-5294 or 834-8292.  They are ready to help any individuals or families in need.

 

Kerrobert KidSport is available to families in need for kids who wish to register for programming in fall and winter sports.  We are anticipating an increased number of applicants and stand ready to assist as necessary to ensure that our kids stay active and involved.  Please find applications online at https://kidsportcanada.ca/saskatchewan/provincial-fund/  or contact the Kerrobert Recreation office for an application.

 

A few dates to remember:

·         Sept. 1 – annual elm pruning ban lifted

·         Sept. 16 – Minor Hockey Registration

·         Sept. 18 – Rage Golf Tournament

·         Sept. 22 – Communities in Bloom meeting

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

·         Nov. 9th - 2020 Municipal Election

Take care everyone and please reach out if you need assistance.  This isn’t easy on anyone.

 

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