Manluk Centre: Wetaskiwin Regional Aquatics and Fitness will be closed to the public until further notice beginning May 10, 2021. Image/ City of Wetaskiwin.

Manluk Centre: Wetaskiwin Regional Aquatics and Fitness will be closed to the public until further notice beginning May 10, 2021. Image/ City of Wetaskiwin.

Manluk Centre to close following new provincial restrictions

The Manluk Centre will be closed to the public until further notice beginning May 7, 2021.

Due to new provincial restrictions the Manluk Centre: Wetaskiwin Regional Aquatics and Fitness will be closed to the public until further notice beginning May 7, 2021.

The province announced additional restrictions Tuesday May 4, 2021 due to rising active cases of COVID-19, including the arrival of highly transmissible variants, across Alberta.

The City of Wetaskiwin currently one of the regions with at least 50 cases per 100,000 people and at least 30 actives cases, which makes the City one of the areas under the new restrictions.

Effective 11:59 p.m. on May 9, across the regions listed above all indoor sport, performance and recreation activities for youth and adults are prohibited.

In addition to indoor recreational facilities closing due to prohibited activities, all outdoor sports and recreation activities will be prohibited with the exception of members of your own household or two close contacts if you live alone.

This includes all group physical activities such as team sports, fitness classes, and training sessions; all one-on-one lessons and training activities; and all practices, training and games.

These restrictions will be in place for at least three weeks and may be extended if necessary.

“Although it is unfortunate to see another closure, we are dedicated to doing our part to help keep the community safe,” said Natasha Grant, Manager of Recreation. “Our team looks forward to welcoming everyone back to the activities they love once it’s safe to do so.”

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City Council meetings will continue to be held virtually from council chambers in City Hall. The public is encouraged to attend virtually.

City of Wetaskiwin history of facility closures during the COVID-19 pandemic:

• At a special Council meeting on March 17, 2020, Council passed a motion to close all remaining City buildings to the public due to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic.

• The City announced a re-opening timeline for City facilities.

• The City of Wetaskiwin closed the Manluk Centre on August 21, 2020 immediately after receiving notification from Alberta Health Services that a City employee had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Shortly after, a second City employee tested positive for the COVID-19 virus without further spread to other employees.

• The aquatics & fitness areas of the facility re-opened to patrons September 5, 2020.

• The Manluk Centre was again closed due to AHS public health restrictions on December 13, 2020.

• The aquatics & fitness areas re-opened, with limited household bookings available, on March 29, 2021.

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