The City of Fort Saskatchewan is making some changes to align with the province's new health measures.
Beginning Monday (Sept.20), the city will implement a restrictions exemption program requiring proof of vaccination or negative test result to enter some city facilities. This includes recreation and administrative buildings.
The City of Fort Saskatchewan said in an update on Friday: the restrictions will not apply to city hall, the protective services building that houses municipal enforcement and the RCMP, or the James E. Graham building.
Also, the changes will not apply to anyone entering a city facility to participate in the federal election on Sept.20.
In order to enter spaces taking part in the restrictions exemption program, people 12 and older can provide:
- Proof of vaccination.
- Documentation of a medical exemption.
- A privately obtained COVID-19 test showing a negative result in the last 72 hours.
"The City of Fort Saskatchewan has made the decision to operate with the Restrictions Exemption Program to keep our facilities open for residents at full capacity. This decision is in the bests interests of the community overall from a health perspective and will be consistent with what we expect from many other municipalities," explained Troy Fleming, Fort Saskatchewan's city manager.
"Our staff will do their best to help all of our customers and patrons as we navigate this new requirement, and we ask for your patience and understanding in the coming weeks. We strongly encourage our citizens to get vaccinated and greatly appreciate the efforts made by those who have already received the vaccine," he added.
Between Sept. 20 and Oct. 25, proof of a single vaccine dose is considered acceptable so long as the dose was given two weeks prior to attending a facility or program. After Oct. 25, proof of full vaccination two weeks before entering will be required.
The City of Fort Saskatchewan's changes do not apply to privately owned businesses and organizations within the city.