These Edmonton city facilities will stay open as Alberta tightens restrictions

Dec 10 2020, 5:30 pm

With Alberta’s new COVID-19 restrictions taking effect on Sunday, City of Edmonton officials outlined what city facilities will close and which ones will remain open.

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson called infection data from the Edmonton zone “alarming,” and asked residents to adhere to the new restrictions on gathering, mask-wearing, and business shutdowns “to a tee.”

“We should expect to see infection rates continue to climb in our city,” he said at a news conference Thursday. “If you are getting some last minute haircuts or massages … please follow the public health measures and try your best t avoid crowded areas.”

Here’s what’s staying open:

Outdoor skating rinks

The city is keeping its outdoor skating rinks open and increasing staffing levels to manage overcrowding, interim city manager Adam Laughlin said.

Edmonton Valley Zoo

The current plan is to keep the zoo open with limited capacity and only allow in groups that live in the same household. Time slots need to be reserved online in advance.

Public parks

The city’s public parks will remain open, although most amenity buildings will be closed. The exception is public washrooms within parks, which will be kept opened and cleaned.

Residents are also welcome to cross-country ski, use walking trails, and go tobogganing provided they maintain physical distance.

Candy Cane Lane

This holiday lights attraction will operate as a two-way drive-through event. Parking will be banned from 5 pm to midnight nightly.

And here’s what’s closed:

Closed: Recreation centres

The city’s public recreation centres will be closed to follow the province’s regulations on gyms and fitness centres.

Closed: Seniors’ centres

These indoor spaces will be closed to the public and programming is suspended.