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COVID 19 Protocols

January 18, 2022

Re: New COVID Measures -Ten People from Two Households                                           

New measures come into effect today from Yukon Government , which limit indoor programming to ten participants from two families. (https://cityofdawson.ca/p/covid-19-protocols) 

Based on this measure, we are postponing all City-led, indoor, Recreation programming for groups at this time. We are recommending to all third parties to postpone as well, however, we have given them the option to continue if they can find a reasonable way to operate within these restrictions. We expect many to postpone as well. Please continue to follow our communication channels for updates as they come. 

The Fitness Centre and drop-in skating/hockey programs (Sticks & Skates, Public Skate, Parent & Tot Skate, Children's Hockey Skate) will continue to operate, with limited capacities. 

The main goal of these measures is to comply with the intent of Yukon Government's measures to limit the spread of the Omicron variant; not overrun our fragile health system, while still keeping our doors open. 

We believe that life in rural Yukon should offer some regional exceptions to these types of measures. However, we also understand and trust the expertise our medical professionals, and the fact that implementing these types of measures is for the greater good of our fellow Yukoners, and the Yukon health system, as a whole. We need to do our part to assist, but we will also continue to lobby and be open to modifications of our own rules to do what is reasonable based on our regional reality. 

While options may seem limited at this moment for recreational pursuits, rest assured that we will do our best to create opportunities for you to stay active. Work is ongoing to finalize an outdoor rink at Minto Park; ski and snowshoe rentals are available at the Art and Margaret Fry Recreation Centre; our trail system is in good shape; and the sun is returning. 

Our hope is that these measures will be in place for a short time, and that some form of normalcy will return soon. Should you have ideas, questions, or concerns about how we're operating at this time, feel free to reach out at your leisure. 

All the best, 

Paul Robitaille
Parks and Recreation Manager,
recmanager@cityofdawson.ca
Box 308 Dawson City, YT, YOB 1GO
PH: 867 -993-7 400 ext. 204
www.cityofdawson.ca



January 10, 2022:

With the new Public Health measures released on January 8, 2022, the Parks and Recreation Department have adjusted our protocols. 

https://yukon.ca/en/news/additional-public-health-measures-force

https://yukon.ca/en/designated-settings

  • Person Limits:
    • AMFRC
      • On-ice: 25 people max
      • Changerooms: Masks required – distance as much as possible
    • Fitness Centre – 5 people max
    • Minto – 6 people max plus instructor
    • School gym – 25 people max
  • Proof of vaccination required for everyone 12 yrs and 4 months of age - Get your proof of vaccination by clicking here.  
  • Masks when not doing activity itself are required
  • No games for team sports.

Please be advised that we have developed COVID-19 guidelines for each of our programs and facilities to ensure the safety of  users and our staff. These vary from building to building and program to program, but all are based on up to date measures from Yukon Public Health, these include additional cleaning, signage, staff and managed capacities. Please do your part and remember to follow the SAFE 6 to ensure your safety.

General Facility and Program Guidelines
The following measures govern and apply at all our facilities and programs. Facility or program specific rules, which may be more stringent, are listed below.

Self-Assessment

  • Those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who have been told to isolate are not allowed to enter any City of Dawson Facility.


 Proof of Vaccination Required

  • All visitors 12 years - 4 months and over require Yukon Government approved Proof of Vaccination (featuring QR Code) to enter any facility or participate in any program, along with:
    1. Over 18: Government-Issued Identification including photo
    2. Under 18: Government-Issued Identification, no photo necessary
       
  • Exceptions:
    1. Individuals with a medical deferral issued by the proper authority (Form in development by YG)
    2. One unvaccinated parent may accompany a child under 12 for supervision during a registered sporting program such as Minor Hockey, Play Like a Girl, Figure Skating, or other youth registered event
      • Drop-in programs are not included in this exception (Public Skate, Sticks & Skates, Special Events)

Masks

  • Masks are mandatory in all our facilities. They are required when you enter, and while you are not doing the activity itself (i.e. not required when actively working out, but required when you move between machines)


Physical Distancing

  • Ensure physical distancing (2m or 6ft) when possible.

Facility Specific Measures

ART AND MARGARET FRY REC CENTRE

Self-Assessment

  • Those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who have been told to isolate are not allowed to enter any City of Dawson Facility.


 Proof of Vaccination Required:
Must be shown to a City of Dawson staff in-person. If this is an issue, email us at recreation@cityofdawson.ca 

  • All visitors 12 years - 4 months and over require Yukon Government approved Proof of Vaccination (featuring QR Code) to enter any facility or participate in any program, along with:
    1. Over 18: Government-Issued Identification including photo
    2. Under 18: Government-Issued Identification, no photo necessary

       
  • Exceptions:
    1. Individuals with a medical deferral issued by the proper authority (Form in development by YG)
    2. One unvaccinated parent may accompany a child under 12 for supervision during a registered sporting program such as Minor Hockey, Play Like a Girl, Figure Skating, or other youth registered event
      • Drop-in programs are not included in this exception (Public Skate, Sticks & Skates, Special Events)


Capacities

  • Gatherings limited to 25 people

Time Limits

  • Arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to ice time, and leave within 20 minutes of end of ice time
  • Come as dressed as possible to minimize time in changerooms

Physical Distancing

  • Ensure physical distancing (2m or 6ft) when possible, even on the ice surface and benches. 
  • Avoid mingling between changerooms and loitering in hallways

Masks

  • Masks are mandatory in the building
  • Exceptions:
    1. During gameplay on the ice
    2. On the players benches
    3. When users make their way to the ice from the changeroom and back to the changeroom from the ice surface
  • It is the responsibility of the user to provide their own mask

Spectators

  • Physical distancing required
  • Spectators must leave within 15 minutes of end of program

    DC FITNESS CENTRE

Capacities

  • Limited to 8 people maximum in building

Masks

  • Masks are mandatory while moving between machines, but not while doing the exercise itself

MINTO PARK PROGRAMMING SPACE

Capacities

  • Adult program: Limited to 6 people plus instructor
  • Meetings: Limited to 15 people, masks required

ROBERT SERVICE SCHOOL
School rules, if more stringent, overrule any City of Dawson measure

Capacities

  • Limited to 25 persons per activity


Re: State of Emergency November 9, 2021 

On November 8, Yukon Government declared a State of emergency and announced new measures due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in the Yukon. Throughout this pandemic, the City of Dawson Parks and Recreation department has supported and cooperated with the mandates released by Yukon Government. We continue to trust in the expertise and knowledge of our health authorities in making the appropriate regulations on behalf of all residents of our community.

At this time, we do not have all the answers to the questions we are receiving, but we are doing our best to develop methods that will work for users of our facilities and staff alike. We appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation as we implement measures at our various facilities and programs. As of this moment, we are announcing the following measures:

• Fitness Centre (Effective November 12, 2021)

o Masks required upon entry and while moving between equipment.

o Facility use limited to 8 patrons at a time.

o All fobs will shut off as of 9am on November 12. Proof of Vaccination will need to be presented at Recreation Office (in person, Monday to Friday, 9 to 5, closed weekends and statutory holidays) for fob to be re-activated.

• Art and Margaret Fry Recreation Centre (Effective November 13, 2021)

o Masks required, including in changerooms. Masks not required while participating in on ice activities.

o All visitors over the age of 12, including parents of those under 12, will be required to check-in and provide ID and proof of vaccination in-person at skate room.

• Rec Office (Effective November 13, 2021)

o Mask required to enter.

o All visitors over 12, will be required to check-in and provide ID and proof of vaccination upon entry.

• Programs (Effective November 13, 2021)

o Registration will be required for all programs.

o All participants aged 12 and over will be required to provide Proof of Vaccination at Recreation Office (in person, Monday to Friday, 9 to 5, closed weekends and statutory holidays) prior to the start of the program and will be expected to carry Proof of Vaccination and ID to each program occurrence.

o Masks mandate in effect where possible.

o Specific measures for specific buildings apply (ie. School rules trump City rules).

This is a fluid situation to which we are adapting by the minute. COVID-19 has presented us with a variety of challenging logistical situations to which our residents, staff members and volunteers have responded positively and responsibly. We’ll do our best to continue doing so, and we hope you are all willing to help us along the way.