Culture & Recreation News - Covid Update

June 02, 2021

June 2, 2021

Kerrobert Culture and Recreation News – June 2, 2021

There is excitement in the air with all the great news of re-opening as Covid cases continue to drop and vaccination rates continue to climb.  Summer days are here and so is planning for what life will look like as we return to a new normal.

Step 1 of the Re-Opening RoadMap is now in place.  The following are guidelines that pertain to Kerrobert Recreation :

  • Group fitness classes involving intense training, like aerobics and spin, can resume, with three metres between participants.  Therefore, Aquasizes will begin on Tuesday June 15 and run with a total of 8 people from 2:00 – 2:30 every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.  We will switch to summer hours on June 29.
  • Current restrictions remain in place for retail, personal care services, event facilities, casinos, bingo halls, theatres, art galleries, libraries and recreational facilities.  Kerrobert Library will continue to allow one family to visit at a time. 
  • 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.
  • Competition and gameplay for outdoor team sports will be allowed under the following public health measures:
    • League play is allowed to resume; however, tournaments are not permitted at this time.  
    • No interprovincial travel.
    • 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.
  • Kerrobert Pool Safe Opening Plan highlights :
    • All children under 7 attending without a guardian MUST be able to follow all guidelines.  It is strongly recommended that parents start the season with their child to ensure they understand all guidelines.
    • 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.
    • 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 capacity will be 50 and Paddling Pool capacity will be 25 (this includes all people on deck and in water).  There will be a 1 hour time limit if we reach capacity.
    • Patrons are not permitted to switch back and forth between pools.
    • In the Main Pool, no toys will be permitted during public swim.  In the Paddling Pool, families may bring their own toys.
    • Lifejackets will be available for use however we encourage people to bring their own if able. 
    • 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.
    • Group lessons have a max class size of 6 students.
    • 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.
    • 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.

Step 2 expected to take effect on June 20.  In Step 2, public health measures will be eased as follows:

  • No capacity thresholds on retail and personal care services, must maintain an occupancy that allows for physical distancing.
  • Restaurants and bars will have no table capacity thresholds, must maintain two metres of physical distancing or structural barriers between tables, dance floors and buffets remain closed.
  • 150 person maximum capacity at event facilities, casinos, bingo halls, theatres, art galleries, libraries and recreational facilities, must maintain an occupancy that allows for physical distancing, restaurant guidelines apply at venues that serve food.
  • Long-term care and personal care home residents may have up to four visitors indoors and nine visitors outdoors.
  • No change from Step One at gyms and fitness facilities, primary, secondary and post-secondary education and childcare.
  • All remaining restrictions on youth and adult sports will be lifted.
  • Limit of 15 people at private indoor gatherings, including household gatherings.
  • Limit of 150 people at public indoor gatherings and private and public outdoor gatherings.
  • Current province-wide masking mandate remains in place.

Communities in Bloom - Hope is Growing
Communities in Bloom has done an outstanding job with the planters this year, they look beautiful.  And thank you to all the residents who are “planting yellow” to show hope for days ahead.  We are still accepting donations for flower pots and they can be mailed to Box 558, Kerrobert SK or dropped off at the Town office.  Cheques must be made out to the Town of Kerrobert with Communities in Bloom in the memo.  Thank you to everyone who has donated to our current total of $1185.00!

Swimming Pool and Park Program News
Huge thanks must go out to the Town staff and Lifeguards to helped prepare our pool for inspection this past week.  A monumental effort went into preparing the facility after being closed last season.  Many surprises caught us off guard including needing to purchase a new Tiger Shark to clean our pool bottom, doing pressure tests on our gas lines, water leaks, and many challenges with scheduling.  But our team rose to the occasion to ensure that our pool would open this year.  We are very happy to have added more guards to our team and we look forward introducing them to you on Facebook.  We currently have 112 children registered for lessons and 15 people signed up for passes.  We encourage families and individuals, when able to purchase passes (season or punch passes) to reduce handling of money between patrons and employees.

Fairground News
We continue to make progress with our diamonds.  Diamond 1 and Diamond 2 have new shale.  We are holding off on Diamond 3 until we can have it levelled to ensure years of use.  The grounds are busy again with ball games and 4H Achievement Days.  We are very happy to see everyone back and encourage people to call the Rec office with any concerns.

Zamboni News
Thank you for the continued support from the community on the purchase of our new Zamboni.  We currently have $97,750 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!

·         June 3 – 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

The re-opening is exciting yet challenging as the people in charge are expected to know guidelines and act quickly to implement them.  Please continue to be patient with those in charge of this re-opening.  Minor Ball managers and coaches, lifeguards and businesses want to re-open as much as anyone.  Your continued kindness will help the transition to be a pleasant one.

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.  And please remember to reach out if you are in need of extra support.

Sask Health Line – 811
211 Saskatchewan – 211
(National Indian Residential School Crisis Line and other 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