Weekly Covid Update

October 15, 2020

Oct. 14, 2020

Week 31 – Following a weekend of thanks, hopefully everyone has some renewed strength and optimism as we continue the fight against Covid 19.  The numbers in the province have been recently rising and on Oct. 16, the Public Health order for the maximum allowable gathering size in homes was reduced to 15.  A quote from Dr. Shahab, “Even with the increasing community transmission rates we still have the power to effect change, to flatten the curve, but it means all residents have to do their part to help keep their friends and family safe.”  It is reassuring in Kerrobert to see people doing what they can to ensure safety.  This weekend when the Sask Hockey Association mandated masks for all participants and spectators at the rink, we saw nearly 100% compliance, and we heard no complaints.  #kerrobertpride

The PCC calendar is booked up this month with several events.  The Fall Market ran by Staci Hall will be on Oct. 24 from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  We sincerely thank her for her time to help boost the spirits of our community with a safe yet fun day of shopping.  Oct. 26 the Provincial Election will be held.  The Flu Clinic is also being held at the PCC this year to allow for social distancing.  It runs on Oct. 26 and Nov. 25 and is by appointment only.  More information can be found on the SHA website.  Our municipal election will be held Nov. 9 and more information can be found on the Town website and Town Facebook page.  Walk this Way began on Oct. 13, with people eager to get walking indoors as the weather becomes cooler.  The Shuffle Club will meet on Oct. 19 for their meeting to discuss the season.  Watch for information from the Prairieland Players on Dinner Theater.  Please note that mask usage is mandatory for certain events and currently not mandatory for others.  It is wise to carry a mask with you at all times and that you would either read up ahead of time OR read all signage on doors to determine if what events require masks to enter.

Although it can feel like there are nothing but restrictions, the Kerrobert Library has increased their hours and they can ensure a safe visit if you choose to come in and browse the shelves.  If you are hesitant to visit in person or if you have questions, please do call our Librarians and they will do what they can to attend to your needs.  The hours are as follows : Tuesday 1:00p – 8:00p, Wednesday 2:00p – 6:00p, Thursday 9:00a – 12:00p and Friday 9:00a – 1:00p.

There continues to be several questions regarding Halloween.  The Recreation Department will be sending out guidelines that our Government has released.  These guidelines will be attached to a poster stating, “Welcome Trick or Treaters” and those who wish to open their doors for visiting children on Oct. 31, may post it on their door or front window.  This will indicate to parents and children which homes and businesses are handing out treats.  We hear from many residents that the preferred start time for handing out treats is 1:00pm.  We know that there are people whose health is at greater risk from the Covid 19 virus and we want to ensure that only those who feel safe handing out candy, do so.  Thank you in advance to the parents who discuss with their children why some homes may not be able to hand out candy this year.  Posters will be available for pick up at various businesses and the Town office starting Oct. 22.  We will also send a handful to the school to be sent home with students.

We have run one week of public skate.  Thank you to everyone who attended for following all guidelines.  We will continue to offer public skate when we are able to have a staff member in the arena monitoring all safety guidelines including; only 30 people allowed on the ice at one time and anyone 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  We are currently running two types of public skates.  Family Skate will be for those of all ages to attend and no pucks or sticks will be allowed on the ice.  Shinny will allow all ages on the ice as well however; pucks and sticks will be allowed.  We will monitor this and make changes as needed or as requested by the public.

Kerrobert Minor Hockey is hoping for a full slate of teams, with some teaming up with Luseland and Dodsland and Plenty in order to ensure a full roster.  Although some details are still needing to be worked out, we are hopeful that the practise schedule will remain the same as listed.  I will post the November ice schedule once it is confirmed that all teams will have their regularly scheduled practise times.  We are thankful to have the AA Wheatkings U18 (Midgets) and the AA Wheatking U15 (Bantams) join us this year to ensure our weekly schedule remains full.  The Rage team is practising at their regular time and is in contact with the Rec Department regularly regarding scheduling.   We are waiting to hear back from the Kerrobert Tiger team on any information about their season.

Saskatchewan Minor Hockey released their Safety Guidelines that are currently under review by the Sask Government.  This has created much excitement and even more questions.  Currently the Sask Minor Hockey league is requesting 5 phases of the return to hockey, these have been reviewed by leaders of all the organizations and shared online.  Thank you to those leaders who are willing to work closely with the Rec Department to try to make it as smooth as it can go in a pandemic.  There is much information to be worked out and even then will require a visit and approval from our Public Health Inspector.  Some of those details include : opening a booth, mask usage for non SHA events and ages required, increased time needed between games to allow for social distancing in the dressing rooms and cleaning times, rink capacity, and if showering will be allowed at this stage.  The current Kerrobert Memorial Arena Safe Opening Plan can be found on the Kerrobert webpage under Recreation.

Brian Noad, RAGE Head Coach/GM has reached out the Recreation Department asking for ways that our local Rage team could volunteer in our community.  If you are in need of some volunteers, please contact them!  As well, they continue to look for one more billet as well as work placements for these young men so please contact Brian at (780) 260-0058 if you can help them out in any way.

The Curling Club will be meeting the week of Oct. 19 – 23 to discuss ice installation, safe opening, programming and the possibility of running the Double Take out lounge.  If you are interested in being involved, please contact the Recreation Department.

The Kerrobert Handi Bus runs every Monday, Wednesday & Friday for regular pickups between 8:30am and 4:30 pm.  If you would like to utilize this service, please call the Handi Bus driver at (306) 834-7464.  Riders can purchase a book of 12 tickets for $60.00 either from the driver or at the Town Office.  If you pay per ride the cost is $6.00.  Please rest assured that the Handi Bus is operating with Covid procedures in place and we ask that riders please follow all safety guidelines that are posted on the bus.

The Kerrobert Legion met to discuss the 2020 Remembrance Day ceremony and how it may run this year.  Unfortunately, running this important service with the public in attendance is not possible this year however, we will hold a service of Remembrance with Legion members only.  Poppy sales will be available in the local businesses.  They will be sending out letters to previous organizations who laid a wreath, and although the businesses will not be able to attend, the Legion would lay a wreath on their behalf.  Information on the Poem, Poster and Essay contest will be sent to the school next week in hopes that they are able to still provide us with their creative remembrance. 

Town staff will be doing a front yard pickup of bagged leaves again on Oct. 24 & 25.  We remind you that only CLEAR BAGS will be picked up in the FRONT YARDS. 

The Kerrobert Cemetery Committee would like to thank Stan Pitura for his many years of service as cemetery caretaker.  Stan has decided to hand up the whipper snipper and retire from the position.  His dedication to the job has been evident in how beautiful the cemetery has looked over the years.  We would like to wish him all the best and hope the spare time will allow him more fishing time during the summer months.  People like Stan Pitura make a positive difference in our community and our community thanks him!

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 - 834-5294 or 834-8292
Kerrobert KidSport – 834-2344
Kerrobert Handibus – 834-7464
Recreation on call phone – 834-8355

Bobbi Hebron
Recreation Director