COVID-19 Precautions and Updates

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March, 09 - October, 31 2020


Westerner Park fully supports Alberta Health Services and its decision to protect the spread of COVID-19. 

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.

COVID-19 Client Information

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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.

Alberta Health Services encourages all Albertans to visit alberta.ca/COVID19 for the latest information, guidance, and resources

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Past COVID-19 Updates

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 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.
Event Requirements:

  1. No ill or individuals required to self-isolate are permitted at any drive-in event. Such individuals must remain at home in self-isolation.
  2. Drive-in events must minimize the number of people outside of a vehicle. Although 15 people is the absolute maximum, numbers should be limited further when possible. For example, the bride, groom, officiant, witness and person running the technology equipment at a wedding will be the only people outside their vehicles. It’s important to include all of the people at the event when calculating the drive-in event numbers; this includes staff/volunteers involved in security, technology and hosting.
  3. All people outside of a vehicle must maintain physical distancing, with the exception of a bride and groom.
  4. Cars should pull in to designated, well-marked, parking stalls. In spring/summer, it is reasonable to allow people to have the windows down if cars are parked 2m apart (i.e. park in every second parking spot and have ground markings showing attendees where to park). Hosting an event at night or the evening would minimize people stuck in their cars during the day time heat.
  5. One household unit per vehicle. If people share a home, they can share the vehicle. Household units should not be picking up other friends or family for the event.
  6. Attendees must stay in their vehicles for the duration of the event. 
  7. No food or beverage service is allowed. At this time, no drive thru of a permitted facility (e.g. food truck) would be allowed because this would likely result in longer events and encourage people to get out of their vehicle and lineup for food and beverage services.
  8. No public washrooms should be available and attendees need to be made aware of this through communication from the event organizer. Cars will need to be parked in a format, that should someone need to leave during the event, they can easily do so.
  9. Drive-in events must not be longer than 2 hours because there are no washroom facilities and loner drive-in events will encourage attendees to leave the vehicle. 
  10. AHS shall be notified of time, date, location and mitigation measures in place for the drive-in event.
  11. No handouts to attendees would be permitted; this includes, but is not limited to: food, diplomas or party favors.
  12. A drive thru receiving line for a wedding party should ensure the bride and groom are 2m from the passing vehicles. No contact is permitted amongst the hosts and attendees.
  13. Organizers must have a security plan in place that will ensure rules are followed, such as no exiting vehicles. For large events, the plan may include onsite monitoring/security.
  14. Organizers must ensure all attendees are informed of event rules before the event begins.

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. 

Tickets Alberta guest and staff health and safety is our top priority. As a proactive measure we’ve made the decision to temporarily close our physical location, effective Wednesday, March 18th until further notice.

We 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.

Please note that individuals effected by cancelled or postponed events will be contacted directly by Tickets Alberta over the coming days. We ask for your patience as we work with event organizers to work through all the details.

As the COVID-19 situation evolves we believe this is the best way for us to do our part to help our staff and guests to stay home and stay healthy. We will continue to take direction from the Alberta Government in this rapidly evolving situation.


Event details were provided by the event coordinator and may change without notice.

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