Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases and in support of the Alberta Government’s announcement on November 24th, 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, we will be working with all our clients to adjust, reschedule, or cancel their events that take place over the next three weeks.
Westerner Park falls into the “Businesses closed for in-person service” category. This mandatory restriction comes into effect Friday, November 27th.
This is a challenging time for all of us, but by taking these measures now, we are doing our part to protect the health and safety of our community.
We follow the direction and best practices of Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Alberta occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation protocol for respiratory viruses in the workplace as well as the best practices of the International Association of Fairs and Exposition and the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exposition.
As Westerner Park begins to reopen, we will follow the guidance documents on Alberta Biz Connect and implement measures that comply with public health requirements to reduce the risk of COVID-19 among staff, volunteers, and guests. Alberta Biz Connect is workplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 reopen and resume operations safely.
Alberta Health Services encourages all Albertans to visit alberta.ca/COVID19 for the latest information, guidance, and resources
January 29, 2021 - The government of Alberta announces A Path Forward to begin on February 8th. The Path Foward is a roadmap to help Albertans understand how restrictions will be eased in steps over the coming months. It outlines the sectors that will see gradual restriction changes at each step based on hospitalization benchmarks. Growth of cases and variants of concern will also guide decisions to further ease or increase restrictions.
November 25, 2020 - Westerner Park is postponing "A Very Acoustic Christmas" with George Canyon until 2021. The decision came following the Government of Alberta’s announcement 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. Click here for the full press release.
November 24, 2020 - Alberta Government declares a state of public health emergency and put aggressive measures in place to protect the health system and reduce the rising spread of COVID-19 cases. Click here for restriction information.
November 23, 2020 - Face coverings are temporarily mandatory in Red Deer after City Council approved a bylaw, mandating face coverings for indoor public places and public vehicles. Click here for the full press release.
November 16, 2020 - Red Deer City Council passed Bylaw 3657-2020: Face Coverings in Civic Facilities. This bylaw requires face covering by worn inside any City or third party (Westerner Park) building that the public is permitted to enter, where services are provided to the public. Click here for more information.
October 26, 2020 - Please note, AHS identifies that "Events continue to pose a high risk of potential spread of COVID-19. 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. Use the following guidance to help plan a safe public or private event or gathering." Before Your Event | At Your Event | After Your Event | Organizer Q & A
October 14, 2020 - Western Hockey League announces opening date for 2020-21 regular season. Click here for the full press release.
September 24, 2020 - Agri-Trade Equipment Expo announced today that they made the difficult decision to cancel their 2020 show that was to be held November 11 – 13 at Westerner Park. Although Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy guidelines do allow for trade shows to take place, considering all factors, Agri-Trade felt they had no choice but to cancel the show. Click here for the full press release.
August 6, 2020 - WHL announces an adjusted start date for 2020-21 Regular Season. Click here for the full press release.
June 24, 2020 - The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA), Westerner Park, and the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce made the difficult yet important decision to postpone this year’s Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR47) until 2021. With the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 related health guidelines and the cancellation of many qualifying rodeos this summer, they determined the standard of excellence and quality of experience that fans and competitors expect from the Canadian Finals Rodeo would not be achievable this year. Click here for the full press release.
May 6, 2020 - Environmental Public Health Requirements for Drive-In Events
This document provides guidance for assessing drive-in style events such as weddings, graduations and movies. Mitigation steps for these types of events are needed to ensure proper physical distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19. The event organizer is responsible for implementation of control measures and must ensure all measures are followed by event attendees and any staff.
These requirements are intended to mitigate risk at a drive-in event. Other risk mitigation measures may need to be considered to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
April 24, 2020 - After weeks of being optimistic that Westerner Days Fair and Exposition would continue, Westerner Park made the extremely difficult announcement that the Fair will be postponed until July 2021. The decision came following the Government of Alberta’s direction that mass gathering restrictions, which includes events and festivals, are expected to continue through the summer. Click here for the full press release.
April 16, 2020 – Tickets Alberta Updates and Common Questions information here.
March 24, 2020 – As a community minded non profit organization our community, guests, staff and volunteers are of utmost importance to us. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately there will be no public access to Westerner Park. However, staff and security will remain on-site to support the ongoing management of our facilities. Our staff will also be working remotely until further notice.
March 20, 2020 – Westerner Park announced today that they will be temporarily laying off over 90% of their overall workforce as an unprecedented measure during the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 18, 2020 – Tickets Alberta guest and staff health and safety is their top priority. As a proactive measure, Tickets Albertas has made the decision to temporarily close their physical location, effective Wednesday, March 18th until further notice.
They will remain OPEN via email [email protected] or phone 1.866.340.4450 ext 1 to answer any questions or inquiries you may have during this time.
March 17 2020 — As of March 17, at 2:00 pm the Alberta Government has stated that effective immediately and until further notice, they are implementing additional measures, including cancelling events that have more than 50 people. All Albertans are prohibited from attending public recreational facilities and private entertainment facilities, including gyms, swimming pools, arenas, science centres, museums, art galleries, community centres, children’s play centres, casinos, racing entertainment centres, and bingo halls.
Westerner Park fully supports these additional measures and will make adjustments accordingly.
March 12 2020 —Westerner Park fully supports Alberta Health Services and their decision to protect the spread of COVID-19. As of March 12, 2020 at 4:00 pm all events at Westerner Park over 250 people are being postponed effective immediately. Westerner Park has and will continue to follow the direction from Alberta Health Services to protect the health and safety of everyone.
As a community minded non profit organization our community, guests, staff and volunteers are of utmost importance to us. We will remain in contact with Alberta Health Services and the City of Red Deer to provide accurate updates on the status of COVID-19 and events taking place in the immediate future at Westerner Park.
Alberta Health Services encourages all Albertans to visit alberta.ca/COVID19 for the latest information, guidance and resources.
Parking fees will no longer be charged for events happening at Westerner Park. Instead, a small facility fee on each ticket will be implemented. The new fee structure will lower the overall cost to guests while helping keep Westerner Park financially sustainable. Click here for more details.