City urges Edmontonians to adhere to new public health guidelines through holiday season
With new provincial public restrictions taking effect Sunday, the City reminds Edmontonians to follow all COVID-19 guidelines as they safely enjoy the upcoming holiday season.
Outdoor ActivitiesWhile indoor recreation activities are banned, Edmontonians have many options to enjoy the outdoors safely with members of their immediate households or their permitted close contacts.
Cross-country skiing trails, walking trails and toboggan hills remain open with physical distancing and social gathering restrictions in place. Outdoor ice surfaces including the Victoria Park Skating Oval and Iceway, and The Meadows Community Recreation Centre outdoor leisure rink are open, with Rundle Park IceWay expected to open Friday. Additional rinks are expected to open later this season. Indoor pavilions at ice surfaces are closed but washroom access remains available. Candy Cane Lane will remain open to vehicle traffic only each evening from 5 p.m. to midnight. On-street parking will not be permitted and sidewalks will be closed to prevent groups from gathering.
Edmonton Valley ZooThe City continues to determine the operational impacts and requirements of the new public health guidelines and is working with the province to seek additional information. Public access to Zoominescence is currently limited to those with tickets. Visitors may only attend with their immediate households or permitted close contacts and capacity limits are in place.
Recreation CentresAll seven City recreation centres will close following the final time-entry session on Friday. These closures will last until at least Jan. 12, 2021. We want to work quickly to address the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases so in the spirit of the public health orders, we are working to close facilities a day earlier than required. All arenas that were closed on Dec. 1 will also remain closed.
Compliance and EnforcementEdmontonians are urged to follow all guidelines in place as we all do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our city and region. Enforcement officers will monitor for compliance with these new guidelines and enforce restrictions on outdoor social gatherings and prevent large crowds at locations such as City dog parks.
Work from HomeAs many City of Edmonton employees as possible have been working from home since the onset of the global pandemic in March. With new guidelines that make working from home mandatory unless operationally necessary, the City is encouraging other employers to do the same.
While the public health guidelines mean dealing with new restrictions, there are many ways we can stay connected creatively through the season. Edmontonians are encouraged to shop locally whenever possible and to build acts of kindness into your interactions with others. Edmonton is a welcoming and vibrant city with people who are resourceful, caring and have tremendous community spirit. Together we’ll continue to get through this challenge.