Important Updates Regarding Arenas – Mandatory Screening for Vaccination or Negative Covid-19 Test

20 Sept 2021

On September 3, 2021, The City of Calgary declared a State of Local Emergency. Following this on September 15, 2021, the Province declared a State of Public Health Emergency in response to the rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Based on initial interpretation of the Provincial announcement of updated public health measures on September 15, The City of Calgary is participating in the Province’s Restrictions Exemption Program at all indoor city-operated arenas beginning today – Monday, September 20, 2021.  Team managers will be helping the Royals to facilitate the undertaking that has been mandated to us as a user group.

Additionally, private arenas utilized by our association (most notably Seven Chiefs) has also implemented the Restriction Exemption Program.  They will be setting up check in tables to confirm compliance and this will be handled by the facility privately.

What this means to your family is that every single player and spectator aged 12+ will need to carry and provide proof of one of the following to be able to be in the arenas:

  • Proof of at least first vaccination (immunization record from an official COVID-19 vaccine provider)
  • Proof of age (0-11 yrs) or medical exemption (please note children 0-11 years of age will NOT be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test)
  • Proof of negative COVID-19 test – (also required if your first shot has been within the last 2 weeks) 

          Acceptable proof of a negative COVID-19 test (valid for 72 hours from facility departure time) includes: 

    • A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test
    • An antigen testPlease note: Both tests must be privately-paid COVID-19 PCR or rapid tests completed within 72 hours. Test results from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories will not be accepted at City-operated recreation facilities.
Currently, the Calgary Royals have asked our team managers to view the proof of the above to keep an updated checklist spreadsheet, but we are also advising that all players and spectators need to carry one of the above with them at all times in case of spot checks by designated facility personnel.  We understand that this is an ever-evolving situation, and we sincerely appreciate your patience and adherence to the parameters that have been set in place. We do this so that we can continue to operate and provide our programming.

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