“Our purpose is to be open as a lot as potential and to maintain issues secure and to encourage folks to nonetheless come. Individuals can actually really feel secure about coming right here, and having their house and understanding.”
Spray Lake Sawmills Household Sports activities Centre stays open for enterprise regardless of enhanced COVID-19 restrictions throughout the province.
On Nov. 15, Cochrane’s COVID-19 scenario was formally designated as “enhanced” by the Alberta authorities when the variety of lively COVID-19 instances locally jumped to 23.
“We hit enhanced yesterday, which impacts the bars and shutting instances, however Cochrane continues to be exempt from the sports activities and the health ban,” mentioned Brooke Sabourin, packages supervisor with Spray Lake Sawmills Household Sports activities Centre.
Restrictions on social gathering sizes, funeral and wedding ceremony attendance numbers and faith-based gathering sizes have been carried out in lots of communities throughout Alberta Nov. 13, however restrictions on health courses haven’t but been issued for Cochrane.
“We’re getting flooded with cellphone calls with folks asking about our packages pondering they’re cancelled proper now due to the Metropolis’s announcement,” mentioned Michelle Everett, gross sales and advertising and marketing supervisor at Spray Lake Sawmills Household Sports activities Centre.
If the province does change course all of a sudden, there are a selection of contingency plans in place primarily based on which packages and services could be affected, Everett famous.
“It’s day-to-day, proper? If [Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health] updates her message, we’ve got to be able to shut down as properly for the period of time they state,” she mentioned.
Everett mentioned the Spray Lake Sawmills Household Sports activities Centre is speaking its coverage adjustments to its membership by way of its digital e-newsletter.
“It’s usually a month-to-month e-newsletter, but it surely’s the quickest method to talk to our members and non-members who’ve signed up for our e-newsletter,” she mentioned. “If there’s an announcement to cease packages instantly we’ll use that platform and we’ll get it out inside an hour.”
The recreation centre will even use social media to supply updates, Everett mentioned, however probably the most constant method to get information in regards to the facility’s packages is through the e-newsletter.
“We don’t spam folks, we don’t ship out day by day messages as a result of we wish to be in your face” she mentioned. “It’s just for month-to-month updates on packages and occasions, and now we’re utilizing it for our CEO messages and pressing information.”
Many person teams together with Cochrane Minor Hockey, the Airdrie-Cochrane Athletic Affiliation and the Cochrane Generals have cancelled bookings on the area services, however these cancellations are as a result of guidelines launched by Hockey Alberta, the physique that governs minor and junior hockey within the province, Sabourin mentioned.
Regardless of rising COVID-19 instances throughout the province, the management of Spray Lake Sawmills Household Sports activities Centre is decided to maintain the ability open and operational. The power has invested closely in cleansing protocols and merchandise, which can be found for friends and employees. Masks are obligatory inside the ability, and with a considerable amount of house and low variety of touchpoints, patrons ought to really feel secure, Everett mentioned.
“Our purpose is to be open as a lot as potential and to maintain issues secure and to encourage folks to nonetheless come,” Everett mentioned. “Individuals can actually really feel secure about coming right here, and having their house and understanding.”
There have been a couple of identified instances of COVID-19 optimistic people on the facility. One member of a Cochrane swim membership in September and a father or mother of one of many Calgary Titans hockey gamers who might have visited the ability to observe their little one play close to the top of October each examined optimistic for COVID-19 within the days following their visits.
Up to now, there was no proof of group transmission throughout the facility.
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