The Manluk Centre: Wetaskiwin Regional Aquatics & Fitness will close to the public, starting May 10, 2021, until further notice due to newly announced provincial restrictions.
With active COVID-19 cases on the rise—including the arrival of highly transmissible variants—the Province has announced additional restrictions for regions with at least 50 cases per100,000 people and at least 30 active cases. Unfortunately, the City of Wetaskiwin currently falls into both those categories. These restrictions will be in place for at least 3 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.”
City Council meetings will continue to be held virtually from council chambers in City Hall. Currently only the Mayor, Council, and a select few City staff attend these meetings in-person with the public encouraged to attend virtually.
The new restrictions focused on a wide variety of different sectors across the province. More details about the specific restrictions being imposed can be found on the Provincial website. A current tally of COVID-19 cases in Alberta can also be found on the Provincial website.
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.
The City will continue to provide updates on its municipal website and via this dedicated COID-19 news portal.