April 16, 2021 - Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant - Funding for small- and medium-sized businesses, co-ops and non-profits impacted by COVID-19 to offset a portion of their costs. APPLICATION INTAKE OPENED April 23rd, 2021.
April 6, 2021 - Enhanced Public Health Measures - On Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 the Goverment of Alberta announced that updated mandatory health measures go into effect for retail, fitness and performance activities. Learn more HERE.
New restrictions will start to come into effect at 11:59 p.m. on April 6.
March 10, 2021 - Town Hall Recording - ARPA, in collaboration with the Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Branch with Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women hosted a Town Hall with Alberta Health representatives to help provide clarification and to answer any questions on the new measures of Step 2 of the Path Forward. Step 2 has eased restrictions for fitness-related activities in fitness facilities and recreation centres; sport, physical activity and recreation organizations should continue to follow the Guidance for Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation as group or unsupervised training for adult sport is not permitted under Step 2. Watch the recording HERE
March 8, 2021 - Alberta moves into full Step 2 of Path Forward - Completing Step 2 of Alberta’s Path Forward, updated health measures are now in place for retail, hotels and community halls, performance groups, and youth sports, performance and recreation.
These changes are effective immediately. They are in addition to the Step 2 measures announced on March 1, as pressure eases on the health system and hospitalizations remain well below 450. Read more HERE
March 1, 2021 - Targeted COVID-19 restrictions easing under Step 2 - Alberta will move cautiously to Step 2 of the four-step framework to ease restrictions while maintaining strong measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 provincewide. Effective immediately, updated health measures are in place for indoor fitness and libraries as pressure eases on the health system and hospitalizations remain well below 450. Health officials continue to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19. As a cautionary measure, changes to current restrictions for retail, children’s sports, and hotels, banquets, community halls and conference centres have been delayed until Step 3. Read more HERE
STEP 1 CHANGES - CHILDREN'S SPORT AND PERFORMANCE ACTIVITIES - POSTED ON ALBERTA.CA FEBRUARY 6, 2021 - Beginning February 8, Step 1 changes come into effect. Click on the link and scroll down the page to "Step 1 changes", click on "Children's sport and performance activities".
EASE OF HEALTH MEASURES STEPS AND BENCHMARKS - January 29, 2021 - The Government of Alberta introduced our 'Path Forward' which is the roadmap of how restrictions may be eased over the coming months. Step 1 changes come into effect February 8. All other restrictions remain in effect. Additional Info for Sport
STABILIZE PROGRAM - January 28, 2021 - One-time operational funding for rodeos, sports, arts, and other venue-based groups to help stabilize Alberta's live experience sector.
SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISE RELAUNCH GRANT - January 28, 2021 - Funding for small- and medium-sized businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19 to offset a portion of their costs. Businesses, cooperatives and non-profit organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations as a result of public health orders issued by Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health may be eligible. Applicants will be required to demonstrate a revenue reduction of at least 30% in April and/or May 2020 as a result of COVID-19 public health orders.
PROVINCIAL RESTRICTIONS UPDATE January 21, 2021 - No additional measures/restrictions are being eased at this time.
PROVINCIAL RESTRICTIONS EXTENDED UNTIL JANUARY 21, 2020 - On January 7th the Government of Alberta announced that current COVID 19 restrictions will remain in effect until January 21, 2020. The Lethbridge Sport Council office will remain closed until the end of January, but staff are working remotely and can be reached via email. Roving Gyms and Community Room bookings remain suspended at this time.
NEW PROVINCIAL RESTRICTIONS ANNOUNCED DEC 8, 2020 - New mandatory restrictions apply province-wide and will remain in effect until at least January 12, 2021. Full details HERE.
LETHBRIDGE SPORT COUNCIL CHANGES TO SERVICES (December 9, 2020) Effective December 13, 2020 bookings will not be accepted for the Lethbridge Sport Council Community Room until further notice. Our office is closed until January 12, 2021. Staff are available via email and phone until December 18. LSC is closed for the holiday season from December 19 until January 3. Click HERE for contact information for all staff.
LETHBRIDGE SPORT COUNCIL CHANGES TO SERVICES (November 27, 2020) Effective immediately all Roving Gyms are canceled for the remainder of 2020. We will provide updates here regarding 2021 programming when we can. Read more HERE. Effective immediately the maximum capacity for the Community Room is 10 persons. Read more HERE.
ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES UPDATE - NOVEMBER 24, 2020: Alberta’s government is declaring a state of public health emergency and putting aggressive measures in place to protect the health system and reduce the rising spread of COVID-19 cases. For complete details go here. https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx
CITY OF LETHBRIDGE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 13, 2020 - Following new public health measures announced by the Government of Alberta on Nov. 12, the City’s recreation facilities have temporarily modified operations to limit public contact and minimize the risk of the transmission of COVID-19.
ALBERTA ANNOUNCES TARGETED MEASURES IN EFFECT FROM NOV 13-27 - New public health measures are in place in communities across Alberta to protect the health system and limit the spread of COVID-19. Lethbridge is included in these measures. Learn more: https://www.alberta.ca/enhance...
NOVEMBER 12, 2020 - CMOH ORDER 37-2020 - This is a link to the health order in its entirety. - This order has been rescinded and replaced effective November 27
EVENTS DURING COVID-19 - Use the AHS Guidelines to help plan a safe public or private event. The page contains pre- and post- event checklists and more. All event organizers should be aware of the risks, take proactive steps to ensure all public health guidance is in place to reduce risk, and know their obligations ahead of time.
UPDATED GUIDANCE FOR SPORT, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND RECREATION - On October 15, 2020, Alberta Health updated and released both the standard SPAR Guidance and new Guidance specific to Junior, Collegiate and University Leagues.
Please go to the following links for the most updated documents:
SPAR Guidance: www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-relaunch-sports-physical-activity-and-recreation.pdf.
Junior, Collegiate and University Leagues Guidance: www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-relaunch-guidance-for-junior-collegiate-and-university-leagues.pdf.
MEMO TO ASAA MEMBER SCHOOLS - (RE: School Sports) And update about Cohorts, Competition and Membership Fees - September 9, 2020.
GUIDANCE FOR SPORT, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND RECREATION – STAGE 2 (Updated September 3) - Additional documents for specific sport and recreation sectors can be found on the Government of Alberta website
SAFE RETURN TO COMMUNITY SPORT - A TRUE SPORT GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS - Use this guide to help navigate your child’s return to sport amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep in mind that certified coaches, the rule of two, background checks and safe sport practices are foundational to a good sport experience. Ensure
your club or association is sanctioned and is compliant with their provincial and national governing bodies.
THE SPORT PARTICIPATION SUPPORT PROGRAM provides financial assistance to not-for-profit organizations towards the development and operation of projects or programs that increase sport opportunities for athletes, coaches, officials and volunteer leaders from underrepresented and marginalized populations.
COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS IMPACT SPORTS ACTIVITY, PARTICIPATION - August 18, 2020 - A summary of the findings of a survey of local families
PIVOT ONLINE: A TOOLKIT FOR ARTISTS AND NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS - August 4, 2020
CANADA'S NATIONAL SPORTS ORGANIZATION PLAN FOR SAFE RETURN - August 4, 2020
OUTDOOR ROVING GYMS BEGIN JULY 21 - Updated July 21, 2020
COVID-19 Community Room Protocols - Updated July 7, 2020
GATHERING RESTRICTIONS - Updated June 30, 2020
COVID-19 RISK ASSESSMENT TOOL developed
by Sport Calgary, in partnership with Spark Safety Solutions, designed
to help organizations inform the development of procedures for a safer
return to sport.
CHANGES TO PROVINCIAL CIP FUNDING GRANTS - May 15, 2020
RETURN TO SPORT AND ACTIVITY - UPDATES FROM LOCAL SPORT ORGANIZATIONS This document is for families interested in returning to sport. May 15, 2020 (Updated frequently)
PREPARING TO RETURN TO SPORT AND ACTIVITY This document is a resource for local sport, physical activity and recreation organizations, May 14, 2020 (Updated frequently)
LETHBRIDGE SPORT COUNCIL COVID-19 CHECK-IN SURVEY This survey remains open for Lethbridge sport organizations to complete. Contact Susan Eymann to request a link. May 10, 2020.
ACTIVE GIRLS @ HOME With
the cancellation of our annual Fast and Female Champ Chat due to the
COVID-19 Pandemic we wanted to support the women and girls of our
community. In this blog, you will find Fast and Female activities, local
resources, at home online workouts, and podcasts for women. May 10,
SPORT TRAINING @ HOME LSC
has compiled a list of local, provincial, and national sports
organizations and businesses that are offering quality online sport
training resources. May 8, 2020.
TRADITIONAL GAMES and Dance @ HOME - Traditional game & dance to try from home that will work on your little one's physical literacy skills. April 22, 2020
FINANCIAL SUPPORT THROUGH COVID-19 Including government subsidies and announcements, webinars and resources, and grants.
2020 SOUTHERN ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES CANCELLED Terra Petryshyn, Chair of the Southern Alberta Recreation Association released a statement on April 2, 2020.
LETHBRIDGE 2020 ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES POSTPONED Rick Blakeley, President of the Lethbridge 2020 Alberta Summer Games Society released a statement on April 2, 2020.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING @ HOME To
support our Sport Organization Member Board of Directors and coaches,
we have compiled a list of sport and related online education and
training courses, webinars, and workshops that are free or low cost.
March 26, 2020.
2020 ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES UPDATE FROM THE PRESIDENT - Rick Blakeley, President of the Lethbridge 2020 Alberta Summer Games Society released a statement on March 26th, 2020
CITY OF LETHBRIDGE - City
parks update related to COVID-19 - In an effort to limit exposure and
reduce the spread of COVID-19, the following park's amenities are closed
until further notice: playground equipment, benches, picnic
shelters, picnic tables, fire pits, washrooms. fitness
equipment. skateboard parks. This closure focuses on areas that have
multiple touchpoints or bring crowds of people. Activities like
1-on-1 basketball, soccer, frisbee or throwing a ball is still
permitted with members of your household if you maintain proper social
ACTIVE @ HOME THROUGH ACTIVE RECREATION AND SPORT
- Families are looking for ways to stay active at home, in their
neighbourhood, and other locations that enable social distancing. To
help them, the Lethbridge Sport Council has compiled a list of local
organizations and businesses (and non-local related organizations) who
are offering active living, active recreation and sport opportunities in
alternate ways such as providing on-line resources, Facebook Live or
YouTube videos. March 23, 2020.
MARCH 13 COVID UPDATE -
This news story addresses Lethbridge Sport Council programs and events
up to March 27, 2020. Updates following that date will appear on this