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Culture & Recreation News - Covid Update

May 26, 2021

Kerrobert Culture and Recreation News – May 26, 2021

The Sask Re-Opening RoadMap is set to take effect on May 30 and with that comes a lot of positive and exciting changes!

Step 1 of the Re-Opening RoadMap :

  • Restaurants and bars open, maximum of six at a table, two metres or structural barriers between tables, dance floors and buffets remain closed, VLTs may re-open.
  • 30 per cent of capacity or 150 people, whichever is less, at places of worship, with physical distancing between households.
  • Group fitness classes involving intense training, like aerobics and spin, can resume, with three metres between participants.
  • Current restrictions remain in place for retail, personal care services, event facilities, casinos, bingo halls, theatres, art galleries, libraries and recreational facilities.
  • Current protocols remain in place for primary, secondary and post-secondary education and for childcare.
  • Limit of 10 people at private indoor and outdoor gatherings, including household gatherings.
  • Limit of 30 people at public indoor gatherings.
  • Limit of 150 people at public outdoor gatherings.
  • Current province-wide masking mandate remains in place.
  • Kerrobert Library is currently not expecting changes in Step 1 due to the size of our facility meaning one family is still welcome to attend at a time.
  • Competition and gameplay for outdoor team sports will be allowed under the following public health measures:
    • Players and coaches should be encouraged to screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to arriving to practice and play, using the self-assessment tool at saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.
    • League play is allowed to resume; however, tournaments are not permitted at this time.  This will be revisited in Step 2 of the Re-Opening Roadmap.
    • No interprovincial travel. Teams competing in regional interprovincial leagues need to contact the Business Response Team prior to beginning play.
    • Capacity must be in compliance with the public health order for public outdoor gatherings for each playing surface or game area.
    • Individual and protective equipment should not be shared. When helmets and bats or other equipment are shared, cleaning and disinfecting must occur between each use.
    • Commonly touched equipment used for game play (e.g. game ball, football) is routinely replaced or disinfected during the course of practice or play.
    • Coaches, officials, umpires, referees and players who are not on the field are not required to wear masks outdoors under the public health order. However, masks may be worn if they are more comfortable with that layer of protection.
    • No shaking hands, high-fives, etc.

Communities in Bloom - Hope is Growing
Communities in Bloom will be meeting on May 27 to prepare the pots and on May 28 for their annual planting day!  They welcome and need any help that is available.  If you are interested in sponsoring a Communities in Bloom planter for $35, please drop off or mail your donation to the Town of Kerrobert, Box 558, Kerrobert SK, S0L 1R0 and funds will be directed to the Communities in Bloom.  Please make cheques payable to the Town of Kerrobert and a receipt will be issued. 

Swimming Pool and Park Program News
Our staff is hard a work in office and at the pool preparing for our June 1 Public Health inspection and a June 4th opening date.  We currently have 100 children registered for lessons and 8 people signed up for passes.  This is a substantial drop from previous year and with lessons and passes being our main revenue generator we hope to see more people signing up.  We also ask that families and individuals, when able, purchase passes (season or punch passes) as we and the government are encouraging contactless entry as much as possible.

Covid guidelines are changing often and we anticipate that they will change throughout the summer.  To view our complete Kerrobert Pool Safe Opening Plan, please call the Rec office or view on our website.  Please note, our guards, our staff and myself are not excited to be enforcing these rules which will make the summer different than usual however we are committed to following the guidelines and committed to keeping our community safe until Covid is no longer a threat.  We also want to remind parents that although we are allowing children ages 7 and up to attend without a parent, they MUST be able to follow guidelines AS WELL AS all water safety rules.  Some key points are as follows :

·         Face masks or face coverings must be worn at all times in the facility and can only be removed upon entry of the pool or when outside, physically distanced from other patrons.  Masks must be worn by anyone ages 3+.  It is recommended that patrons put their mask in a Ziploc bag or container with their name on it when in the water.  Face masks are not to be worn in the water.

·         It is strongly encouraged that swimmers come dressed for the water and leave in their bathing suits.  However, changing stalls will be open if needed.

·         Patrons should only arrive 5 minutes before opening and to leave quickly at closing time.

·         Patrons are required to sign in at the book provided at the front door; you will be asked for your name, phone number and group size.

·         Main Pool

o   There is a max capacity of 35 swimmers at one time and all patrons on deck must be able to socially distance (approx. 15 patrons at one time) to a total of 50 patrons.  We expect this to increase soon and will be updated by our Public Health inspector next week.

o   There will be a one hour time limit if we reach max capacity.

o   Patrons are not permitted to switch back and forth between pools.

o   Swimmers must maintain a physical distance of 2 meters when in the water unless from the same household.  Swimmers refusing to follow this guideline will be asked to leave the facility.

o   No toys will be permitted during public swim.

o   Lifejackets will be available for use.  Sanitized jackets will be available from the fence.  Following use, jackets will be placed in the bin to be cleaned.

o   Diving Board and slide are open for use with enhanced cleaning by lifeguards.

·         Paddling Pool

o   There is a max capacity of 15 swimmers at one time and all patrons on deck must be able to socially distance (approx. 10 patrons as one time) to a total of 25 patrons.  We expect this to increase and will be updated from our Public Health Inspector next week.

o   There will be one hour time limit if we reach max capacity.

o   Patrons are not permitted to switch back and forth between pools.

o   Swimmers must be accompanied by an adult age 18+ who are able to provide immediate assistance.

o   Caregivers must ensure that swimmers maintain a physical distance unless from the same household. 

o   Families may bring their own toys for use.

o   The slide will be open for use with enhanced cleaning by lifeguards.

·         Swimming Lessons

o   All swimmers level preschool, 1, 2 and 3 MUST be accompanied by an adult in the facility, even for private lessons. If no adult is present, the child may not participate in the lesson.  Parents MAY be asked to assist in the water if child requires assistance.

o   Group lessons have a max class size of 6 students.

o   Swimmers can show up no more than 5 minutes before their lesson.

o   Modifications to lessons may be made to ensure physical distancing.

·         Aquasizes and Lane Swim

o   There is a max capacity of 8 patrons for Aquasizes and spaces are available by bookings only.  Walk ins will be available if bookings are not full.

o   There is a max capacity of 4 swimmers for lane swim and it will be held in the deep end.  Lane swim is first come, first serve.

These guidelines may appear to restrictive but what won’t change?  The pool remains an awesome place to stay active, stay cool, and be in a safe environment where friends and family can gather and have fun outside.  We fully intend to do everything we can to make this summer a great one!  Please don’t hesitate to call our office 834-8355 or 834-2344 to have your questions answered or to register. 

Fairground News
We continue to make slow progress with our ball diamonds.  With the recent news that outdoor team sports can re-open as of May 30th we are excited to work with Kerrobert Minor Ball and the Kerrobert Rec Ball League to see how quickly we can get back to game play!

Zamboni News
Thank you for the continued support from the community on the purchase of our new Zamboni.  We currently have $92,500 raised to date!  Watch for more photos and information to come on recent donations!

Dates to Remember :

·         April 30 – Kerrobert Golf Course opens!!

·         May 4 – KCS SCC Community calendar sales begin!

·         May 28 – Communities in Bloom Planting Day – 9:00 a.m.

·         June 1 – Kerrobert 4H Achievement Days

·         June 4 – Kerrobert Swimming Pool Opens

·         June 6-11 – KCS Virtual Rebel Run – check out the KCS Facebook page for more info!

·         July 3-4 - Rodeo 2021 (pending)

·         Sept. 17 – Memorial Arena opens

There are a number of opportunities to receive your vaccination and we remind residents to book online or call 1-833-727-5829 for vaccination clinics.  Stay well friends and be sure to reach out if you are in need of help.

Sask Health Line – 811
211 Saskatchewan – 211 (24hr, free, confidential service to help connect to mental health services)
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
Kerrobert Food Bank - 834-5294 or 834-8292
Kerrobert KidSport – 834-2344
Recreation on call phone – 834-8355

Bobbi Hebron
Recreation Director