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Covid 19 Update for December 2nd, 2020

December 02, 2020

Covid 19 Update

Dec. 2, 2020

Week 38 – Last week was a tough week for a lot of people.  From my perspective at work, it was the second hardest day since the pandemic affected Recreation on March 12.  The new announcements made for a lot of changes and of course, the looming thought of what Christmas could look like.  But despite the difficult week; of the many, many people I spoke to, the announcements were met with a commitment to do what needs to be done, a strong hope and belief that there are better days ahead and lot and lots of kindness.  It made me very proud to be part of this community.

Recent Covid Updates and their effect on our recreation community

All residents must wear non-medical masks in all indoor public spaces province-wide.
There have been little to no complaints and nearly full compliance from all of our residents regarding mask wearing in the rec facilites.  It gets better everyday so that I can say with confidence that 100% of people are wearing masks in our facilities.  Thank you.

All team/group sports, activities, games, competitions, recitals, practises etc. are suspended including recreational leagues for all age groups.  Athletes 18 years of age and under may continue practising, conditioning and skills training in groups of eight abiding by the required mask use and at least 3 meters of physical distancing between participants at all times.
The Tigers, the RAGE, the Mighty Ducks and the Ice Dawgs have suspended their season.  All Minor Hockey teams and Minor AA Wheatking teams using our arena have adjusted their practises so that they are following the restrictions of mask wearing on and off the ice, having no more than 8 kids on the ice at one time and keeping 3 meters of physical distancing between participants at all times. 

Fitness activities and group fitness classes in groups of eight or fewer continue to be permitted, for all ages. 
Walk this Way will continue with no more than 8 people walking at one time on Tuesdays and Thursdays.    Thank you to the organizers for monitoring this.  If the restrictions remain and there are more walkers wanting to attend, we will re-evaluate to perhaps add extra days.  They will all be wearing masks and will keep least three meters of physical distancing between participants.

Public Skate is permitted to continue with up to 15 participants at one time providing masks are worn and 3 meters of distancing is maintained.  Children 10 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult.  If over 15 participants arrive, they will be asked to leave and the door will be locked.  Typically, we do not have over 7 or 8 people attending public skate but if we find the numbers are higher, we will re-evaluate how we run public skate.  There are to be no sticks or pucks at any time during public skate.  This will be monitored by staff but we ask that adults attending or sending their children be aware of the guidelines and encourage compliance.  We will review it weekly.  Thank you everyone who purchases Sask Lottery tickets as this funding allows us to offer free public skates in our community!

We are able to arrange private rentals for skill development of kids ages 18 and under at the arena in groups of 8 or less providing all guidelines are followed.  If you are interested in booking, please review the online calendar and call or email the Rec office to book.

Capacity for indoor events
Capacity will be restricted to 30 spectators in arena and we encourage only one parent per child attend practises.

Reservations at our PCC for banquets, conferences, meetings, wedding and funerals will be limited to 30 people and no food or beverages are to be present or to be served.

These restrictions are in place to Dec. 17.  More information can be found on the Sask Government website in the Sask Re-Open Plan and all those wanting to book events or doing a rental must ensure that they review this document.

Kerrobert History Books and Kerrobert Museum

Are you looking to purchase a memorable Christmas gift and support a local organization?  Kerrobert History books are on sale for $20 from the Town office.  Although the books were published 20 years ago, their information remains part of our local history that may be of interest to a new generation of families.  We continue to sell several books a year and all money raised goes to the Kerrobert Museum.

Handibus

Our Handibus continues to operate on Monday, Wednesday, Fridays and all safety precautions are in place.  Thank you to our capable and friendly drivers!  If you are looking for a unique gift for a loved one, books for $60.00 can be purchased from the Town office to be used throughout the year.  Daily rides remain at $6/trip.

Food Bank

The Kerrobert and District Food Bank will be giving out their Christmas Food Hampers Friday Dec. 18.  If you are in need of hamper this year call Carol at 834-2376 by Friday Dec. 4.  Please leave a message.

Kerrobert Reservoir

The Wildlife Committee is reminding everyone that ice depth at the Reservoir MUST be checked if they have intentions to ice fish or go on the ice for any reason.  The aeration in the fish pond create areas of uncertain ice depth and caution MUST be taken.

The Reservoir roads are maintained when able and it remains a great area to walk through and enjoy nature and wildlife.

Watch for more information on plans for the following :
Christmas Makers Market – Dec. 12
Festival of Trees – Dec. 12
Courthouse Centennial Celebration – July 3-4, 2021

Recreation Budget

There have been concerns raised about the Recreation Budget for 2020.  We are anticipating that overall, the Recreation deficit will be less than anticipated due to the closure of the swimming pool, the Fairgrounds as well as the reduction of staff during the early months of the pandemic.  The arena may be over budget this year, although October and November ice rentals were average but September and December will be low.  But the reduction of ice rentals also reduces utility usage, a very high cost at our arena.   The Curling Rink and PCC did well financially in early 2020 so we anticipate that these facilities will be near to what was budgeted.  

There is a new concept called “pandemic fatigue” that has many struggling with their mental health during this time.   We are tired and we are missing what used to be.  During these hard days find what lifts your spirits!  This week, in light of the difficult announcements, a wise man encouraged us to sing to bring peace and joy.  So be it songs of comfort or ones that get you wanting to dance, now may be a great time to turn on some music and dance your worries away!

Wishing you all well from the Recreation office.

 

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