Weekly Covid Update

October 21, 2020

Oct. 21, 2020

Week 32 – This pandemic has taught us all a lot and this month I am learning the value of patience.  We are a society that wants answers TODAY but I have come to learn that the newness of Covid 19 means we need to wait for answers from those who are making the decisions.  I trust that our government and health leaders are giving us the best answers they can based on knowledge and data, both of which, take time to acquire.  By the time the answers make it to myself, or to the president or leader of any governing organization or to a business owner, there is still some wait time as we need to make sense of it and sort through to see how it works for our specific community.  I understand that there is much confusion and I hope this weekly article keeps you up to date on what I know.

Will the Curling Rink be opening?

The Kerrobert Curling Club is meeting today (Oct. 21) to discuss how to safely re-open the curling rink.  Sask Curl has provided a Safety Guidelines document that will walk the Club through how to have a safe season.  This will include some minor changes to the game but curlers are still guaranteed that they can play, stay active and socialize safely.  The Sask Re-Open Plan will help determine the fate of the Curling Lounge for the 2020-2021 season as of today, we know that lounges are allowing 50% capacity.  The Curling Lounge will remain closed until further notice.

How do I find out the guidelines that I need to follow for an event I want to hold at the PCC?

The Sask Re-Open Plan provides information for all and any events.  This plan is updated often therefore renters can expect changes.  It is ultimately up to the renter to ensure that the guidelines are followed but I will do my best to help anyone who would like to rent.  For instance, the rental this weekend for the Fall Market required Staci to get measurements of the PCC and to put all safety guidelines in place.  This rental, as well as the others happening next week including the Provincial Election and the Flu Clinic, will ensure a safe experience thanks to the hard work of those putting them on.

Are masks mandatory in our facilities?

Kerrobert Arena – YES.  The Sask Hockey Association has mandated that anyone attending or participating in their events must wear a mask for ages 3+.  To ensure consistency, Town Council has determined that anyone entering the rink for any event – public skate, Rec Hockey, spectators for all and any event must wear a mask.

PCC – Currently each renter is responsible for determining if masks are mandatory.  Walk this Way is encouraging participants to wear masks if they wish.  Shuffle Club will be starting on Nov. 2 at 1:30 and they are also leaving it up to the participant to make that decision based on their circumstances.

Curling Rink – Sask Curl has not made masks mandatory at this time.  More information to follow.

Kerrobert Library – Although not mandatory, Wheatland Regional Library is encouraging visitors to wear a mask.

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.

Will Town Council be putting out guidelines regarding Halloween?

We will be sending out guidelines that come directly from the Saskatchewan Government.  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 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. 23.  We will also send a handful to the school to be sent home with students.

How many spectators are allowed in the Kerrobert Arena?

I have been in contact with the Public Health Inspector DAILY regarding what our capacity can be.   As of todays date, capacity is to remain at 30 until we hear back.  I am expecting an email this week to update us.  Yes, there is a letter from the Deputy Minister of Health stating that rinks can increase spectator capacity to a maximum of 150 providing there is social distancing however – the Hockey document also states, “Maximum capacity is 150 provided there is enough room to maintain two metres of physical distancing between extended household groups – side to side and front to back AND Approval is granted by local public health.”  The magic word here is maximum capacity but not actual capacity as that is based on the seating space of each rink.  Once we find out our capacity, we will contact each organization to determine how they wish to handle managing of the spectators.  Please note that this could change any day.

Why is there so much time between hockey games this season resulting in one less game slot each weekend?

As of todays date, we know that we need to provide at minimum 2 dressing rooms per team; three if there are players of the opposite sex on the team.  That means that if there are two teams playing, we have used up 5 dressing rooms.  We cannot bring another team into the rink until the playing team LEAVES the arena and we have time to disinfect the room.  There is some discussion throughout the province that social distancing is not required when players are wearing masks and on the same team.  I am waiting for confirmation on this.  This decision would be a game changer (lol!).

Will we be opening our Arena concession this year?

Town Council and the Recreation Board decided that running a volunteer concession during a pandemic was not an option.  We did however, have interest from someone who wished to lease the booth following our ad that went out in August.  We are currently working with this individual to determine how that can be managed safely and affordably.  We are following all guidelines in the Sask Re-Open plan and hope to have a decision made by Nov. 1.  Until that time, the concession will remain closed.

Why are no meetings allowed at the Kerrobert Arena?

We know that many organizations have historically used the arena for meetings that were not tracked as rentals.  It is now more important than ever that we are aware of all arena visitors and that we clean following each visit and between the next group of users.  Our #1 goal is that we can safely and affordably provide a full season of curling and hockey so we are encouraging organizations to hold zoom meetings, communicate online or to hold their meetings in other locations.

Lastly :

Please note that Walk this Way will not run on Oct. 27 and Oct. 29 as we are required to do a deep clean between public events at the PCC.  It will resume Nov. 3. 

Re-Opening our facilities has proven to be very time consuming and challenging for everyone involved.  Thank you to those who are helping to make decisions and to those are cooperating with the Rec Department to make it as smooth as possible.  I have great respect for those who have already opened their businesses, churches, schools, daycares, classrooms and health centers and had to make difficult daily decisions and maintain a relationship with the public who, at times, grows frustrated.  I urge everyone to be patient, it could be long winter but we can do this if we work together and we can come out as a stronger community if we stay kind.

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