City of Spruce Grove to participate in provincial Restriction Exemption Program at select facilities

September 20, 2021

Spruce Grove’s Emergency Management Agency (EMA) has made the decision that effective Wednesday, September 22, the City of Spruce Grove is participating in the Government of Alberta’s Restriction Exemption Program (REP).

As of September 22, the REP will apply to the following City facilities:

  • Border Paving Athletic Centre
  • Agrena (Stu Barnes and Grant Fuhr arenas)
  • Elks Hall
  • Horizon Stage

At this point in time, City facilities not participating in the REP will follow current provincial public health actions. These facilities include City Hall, Protective Services, Planning and Engineering, Public Works and the Parkland RCMP detachment. The Spruce Grove Public Library is considered out of scope and not eligible to participate. The TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre (TLC) is governed separately from the City of Spruce Grove and therefore makes decisions about that facility through their board. For information about the TLC, visit trileisure.com.

“The health and safety of our residents, staff and visitors has been the EMA’s top priority throughout the pandemic. By participating in the REP, we can continue prioritizing community safety while ensuring that the majority of our community can continue to experience the services and supports the City provides,” says Dean Screpnek, City Manager.

“The REP allows us not to have to reduce the capacity in our facilities or cancel programs and we can continue supporting mental, social, and physical well-being while supporting the health system.”

It is recommended community members allow extra time entering facilities participating in the exemption program. The City appreciates your patience and understanding.

The City is committed to safety for guests and staff and has adopted a zero-tolerance approach to disrespectful conduct. Please continue to treat each other and staff with kindness, patience, and respect.

Requirements for the Restriction Exemption Program (REP)

Please be aware that the City receives additional information and clarity around public health orders on a regular basis. While every effort is made to ensure this information is current, information on www.alberta.ca/Covid19 is the most up-to-date.

Updated November 15, 2021

As of November 15, 2021, the only valid proof of vaccination for Albertans will be the enhanced record with QR code. Vaccine records from First Nations, military, other provinces, and international travellers will continue to be accepted after November 15. Either digital or paper copy of the record will be acceptable.

More information is available on the Province's website


Updated September 27, 2021

To access spaces that are following the REP, people ages 12 and over will be required to provide one of the following:

  • proof of vaccination, or
  • proof of a privately-paid negative rapid test result taken within 72 hours of service, or
  • documentation of a medical exemption

Individuals 18 years and older must ALSO produce valid personal identification.

​Youth activities and youth participation at REP facilities​

For the purposes of the REP, a youth is someone who is under the age of 18 years of age.

  • Youth participating in youth activities in a REP facility are not required to be screened.
  • Parents who are required to support youth in their activities (e.g. parent and tot groups) would be required to follow REP requirements in order to attend.
  • Youth are subject to physical distancing at all other times when not engaged in the physical activity (e.g. locker rooms, common areas etc.)
  • If youth wish to access other amenities beyond youth-specific sports, recreation or performance activities in a facility participating in the REP, for these purposes they will be required to be screened per the REP, as applicable (12+ years of age).
  • Coaches, instructors, trainers, referees etc. for youth activities, who are 18 years or older, are subject to the public health measures or REP requirements in the facility.​

Organizations, such as minor sport bodies, are allowed to set their own guidelines regarding requirements for proof of vaccination for participants that are over and above what the Province has set (ie. a minor sport group can require vaccination for players 12 and over).

Complete details on the REP can be found at alberta.ca/COVID19.

Government of Alberta Guidance document:  Requirements for the Restriction Exemption Program (PDF).

Albertans can obtain their proof of vaccination card online from MyHealth.Alberta.ca.