Coronavirus information for Airdrie residents and businesses

Updated October 22, 2021

COVID-19 Confirmed case counts
Airdrie - 5246 total (234 active, 4991 recovered, 21 deaths)
Alberta - 318,520 (770 on Oct. 20, 10,434 currently active)
Canada - 1,691,028 total

Vaccination rates
Airdrie - 86.5% of eligible population with first dose, 78.7% fully vaccinated
Alberta - 86.3% of eligible population with first dose, 78.1% fully vaccinated

Statistics are sourced from geospatial and vaccination data provided at Alberta.ca. 

 

Proof of vaccination required in City recreation and culture facilities

In accordance with the Provincially mandated health restrictions announced Wednesday, the City of Airdrie will implement the Restrictions Exemption Program effective September 20, 2021.

The City was faced with the difficult choice, like other businesses, to operate at 1/3 capacity or implement the Restrictions Exemption Program. By implementing the program we’re able to keep more of our citizens active in recreation and culture opportunities. Read more about the Restriction Exemption Program here: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-public-health-actions.aspx

As the full details on this program are released by Alberta Health, we expect information will continue to evolve and change over the coming weeks.

Most importantly, we know this is a divisive topic. We understand not everyone will agree. But we thank you in advance for your patience and your kindness to our staff who have not chosen to implement these restrictions but who are asked to help enforce them.

As part of the REP, individuals 12 and older* must provide one of the following:

  • Proof of vaccination (dose given more than 14 days prior to entering the facility) 
  • Medical exemption
  • A negative rapid test result within 72 hours of a visit to facilities
  • Individuals 18+ must provide valid photo ID with one of the above requirements. 

*Exception to the REP includes; youth aged 12-17 participating in activities will not be required to show proof of vaccination, medical exemption or negative COVID-19 rapid test results.

Please note: all other vaccine-eligible visitors/spectators/volunteers who are 18 years and above, and those 12-17 years not participating in sport, must still produce proof of vaccination, medical exemption, or negative COVID-19 test result prior to entering a City of Airdrie recreation facility.

What are the requirements?

Starting Monday, Oct. 25, proof of a double dose of vaccination (given 14 days prior to entering the facility) or a negative rapid covid test will be required for anyone over 18 years old to enter Genesis Place, Ron Ebbeson Area, Plainsmen Arena, Bert Church Theatre and the Town & Country Centre. Children under 18 participating in recreation programs will not need to show proof of vaccination. Children under 18 who are spectating or otherwise not participating in recreation programs will need to show proof. 

These requirements do not apply to City Hall, Airdrie Transit or the RCMP/Municipal Enforcement building as these are considered businesses that need to be accessed for daily living by Alberta Health.

Children’s programming

If you need to assist your child with changing, tying skates, etc. you will need to show proof of vaccination or the negative covid test to come into the facility to assist them. If you are not vaccinated, you can have vaccinated family/friends assist. If the program you’re registered in is through the City of Airdrie, we will refund you. If it is through another organization renting out City space, please contact them directly with regards to your options. To request a refund for a City of Airdrie program, please email recreation.wellness@airdrie.ca

Facility Rentals

Genesis Place will have someone at the door ensuring vaccination/testing requirements are met for everyone entering the building. Genesis Place staff will work with user groups to ensure requirements are met.

Bert Church Theatre
If you have tickets to an upcoming show and you are not vaccinated (or won’t be at the time of the show), refunds can be requested by emailing tickets@airdrie.ca or by calling 403. 948.8824.

If you have the theatre/lobby booked for an event, theatre staff will work with you to ensure restrictions are met. Theatre staff are reaching out to those with current rentals. Please be patient while they get through to everyone.

Town & Country Centre
If you have a rental booking at the Town & Country Centre, you will be required to follow these restrictions. Town & Country Centre staff are reaching out to current rental groups to work together to ensure requirements are met.

 

Provincial health measures in place

Complete details on all public health restrictions in effect can be found at https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-public-health-actions.aspx

Masking and distancing

  • Masking and physical distancing are mandatory in all indoor public spaces and workplaces. This measure extends to places of worship as of September 16.
  • Employees must mask in all indoor work settings, except while alone in work stations.

Isolation and quarantine requirements 
  • Isolation is still legally required for people who have COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive. Refer to isolation and quarantine requirements.
  • Quarantine is no longer legally required for close contacts positive cases, unless directed to do so by local public health officials.
  • For travel related quarantine requirements refer to COVID-19 travel requirements.
 
Workplaces
  • Mandatory work-from-home measures are in place unless the employer has determined a physical presence is required for operational effectiveness.
 
Private social gatherings
  • Indoor private gatherings for vaccine-eligible, fully vaccinated individuals are limited to a single household plus one other household to a maximum of 10 people, with no restrictions on children under the age of 12.
  • Attendance at any indoor private social gathering is not permitted for vaccine-eligible individuals who are unvaccinated.
  • Outdoor private social gatherings are permitted to a maximum of 20 people, with two-metre physical distancing maintained at all times.
 
Places of worship
  • Places of worship must limit attendance to one-third fire code capacity.
  • Face masks will be mandatory and there must be two-metre physical distancing between households or two close contacts for those living alone.
 
Outdoor events and facilities with no indoor portion (excluding washrooms)
  • No attendance restrictions, however two-metre physical distancing must be in place.
 
Schools (K-12)
  • Mandatory masking for students in grades 4 and up, plus staff and teachers in all grades. Schools that can implement an alternate COVID safety plan can be exempted from mandatory masking.
  • Elementary schools are to implement class cohorting.
  • For physical activities in schools
    • Youth aged 18 and under are not required to mask or maintain two-metre distance when engaged in physical activity.
    • There are no restrictions on outdoor activities.
    • Indoor sports/performance/recreation/special interests are permitted with requirements for two-metre physical distancing, where possible.

Children’s sport/performance/recreation (extracurricular sports, performance, recreation and special interest)
  • Indoor activities are permitted, with requirements for two-metre physical distancing and masking where possible, and symptom screening for participants.
  • Youth aged 18 and under are not required to mask or maintain physical distancing during a physical activity, such as a team sport.
  • Spectator attendance is limited to one-third fire code capacity. Attendees must be masked and ensure physical distancing between different households or an individual who lives alone and their two close contacts.
  • There are no restrictions on outdoor activities.
 
Children’s activities
  • Children’s day camps must have two-metre physical distancing between participants and masking indoors.
  • Children’s overnight camps must follow cohort models.
 

The following measures will take effect on September 20.

 
Restaurants
  • Outdoor dining only with a maximum of six individuals per table (one household or two close contacts for those living alone).
  • Liquor sales and consumption restrictions (10 p.m. sales and 11 p.m. consumption) apply.
  • Restaurants are eligible to implement the Restrictions Exemption Program.
 
Weddings and funerals
  • All indoor ceremonies and services are limited to 50 attendees or 50 per cent fire code capacity, whichever is less.
  • No indoor receptions are permitted.
    • The hosting facility would be eligible to implement the Restrictions Exemption Program.
  • All outdoor ceremonies and services for weddings and funerals must be limited to 200 attendees. Outdoor receptions are required to follow liquor sales and consumption restrictions (i.e., sales end at 10 p.m. and consumption ends by 11 p.m.).
    • The hosting facility would be eligible to implement the Restrictions Exemption Program.
 
Retail, entertainment and recreation facilities (includes any indoor venues, libraries, conferences, rental spaces, concerts, nightclubs, casinos and similar)
  • Attendance is limited to one-third fire code capacity and attendees are only permitted to attend with their household or two close contacts for those living alone. Attendees must be masked and have two-metre physical distancing between households.
    • These facilities are eligible to implement the Restrictions Exemption Program.
 
Adult (over 18 years old) sport, fitness, performance, and recreation
  • Indoor activities:
    • No indoor group classes or activities are permitted.
    • One-on-one training or individual workouts are permitted but three-metre physical distancing is required.
    • No contact between players; indoor competitions are paused except where vaccine exemptions have been granted.
    • These facilities and programs are eligible to implement the Restrictions Exemption Program. Specific exemptions may also be granted on a case-by-case basis.
  • There are no restrictions on outdoor activities.
 
 

Restrictions Exemption Program

 
  • Starting Sept. 20, vaccine-eligible individuals will be required to provide government-issued proof of immunization or a negative privately paid COVID-19 test from within the previous 72 hours to access a variety of participating social, recreational and discretionary events and businesses throughout the province.
  • To enter certain spaces that are participating in the program, including restaurants, bars and indoor organized events, people aged 12 and older will be required to show their proof of vaccination or a negative recent test result.
  • Businesses that implement the Restrictions Exemption Program would operate as usual, provided they are serving only people who have proof of immunization or who have a recent privately paid negative test, as per the requirements in place. This means they could immediately and without restriction serve any individual eligible for vaccination who:
    • Has proof of double vaccination (note that for a transitional period between Sept. 20 and Oct. 25, proof of a single dose would be considered acceptable as long as the dose was given two weeks or more before the time of service).
    • Has documentation of a medical exemption.
    • Has proof of a recent (within the previous 72 hours) negative COVID-19 test (either PCR or Rapid Test). The test may not be from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories.
    • Those under age 12 would not need to provide proof of immunization or a negative test to enter a participating business.
    • This program would not apply to businesses or entities that need to be accessed for daily living.
  • Albertans can access copies of their COVID-19 vaccination records through MyHealth Records. For the time being, Albertans should avoid logging into MyHealth Records to download their records. The printable card, which was going to be made available on Sept. 16, will now be available on Sept. 19.
 

Vaccines are available for all Albertans 12 and older

To make an appointment for first or second doses:

Book online
• Call 811, or
• Contact a participating pharmacy (Click here for a list of participating Airdrie pharmacies and contact info)

For more information about phases of the vaccine rollout please visit https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx

Book a vaccine appointment

Any Albertan 12 years of age or older is eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine.

Need time off work?
All working Albertans can access 3 hours of paid, job-protected leave to get each dose of the vaccine. Learn more.

Need a ride?
Isolated seniors and those with mobility challenges can get a ride to and from their appointment. Call 211 for help.

Need translated info?
Vaccine info is available in many languages.

 

City services

We encourage residents and businesses to continue to use myAIRDRIE for many City business transactions.

Staff in all departments are available by telephone and email. If you require assistance over the phone, please call 403.948.8800.

 

covid-19 testing

If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat or runny nose, please click the button below to be directed to the Alberta Health Services self-assessment.

AHS self-assessment

 

Self-isolation

Learn more about who is required to self-isolate, how to self-isolate and how to prepare here.

If you are in self-isolation, you must follow these steps:

  • Do not go to work, other public areas or community settings.
  • Do not go outside for a walk through your neighbourhood or park. (This includes children in mandatory self-isolation.)
  • You can get fresh air in your yard, if you have one, but must remain on private property not accessible by others.
  • If you live in an apartment or condo building, you must stay inside and cannot use the elevators or stairwells to go outside. If your balcony is private and at least two metres away from your closest neighbour’s, you may go outside on the balcony.
  • Avoid close contact with other people, including household members, and especially seniors and those with chronic conditions, or a compromised immune system.
  • Watch for symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or difficulty breathing in yourself or family members.
  • Should any symptoms occur, complete a simple online self-assessment to determine next steps.

For more information, consult these self-isolation guidelines.

 

covid-19

COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, an outbreak of respiratory illness has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The City’s top priority is the health, safety, and well-being of the public and our employees. Our focus is to maintain the essential services that our residents rely on.

Public health is the mandate of Alberta Health Services and the Province of Alberta. Visit alberta.ca for the most up to date info.

Keep yourself informed from other credible sources of information, such as Alberta Health, Health Canada and the World Health Organization.