COVID-19 Update – AHS Launches “Step 1” – What It Means for 4-H

COVID-19 Update – AHS Launches “Step 1” – What It Means for 4-H

Mandatory measures continue province-wide. Restrictions have not been lifted and will be eased based on hospitalization benchmarks. Restrictions will ease in Steps laid out by AHS.  Currently, AHS has determined a minimum of 21 days between Steps.

On Monday, February 8th, AHS announced it would add “Children’s sport and performance activities” to Step 1, as detailed on the AHS website page: Government of Alberta – The Path Forward.  This announcement has created a lot of conversation within the 4-H community.  This announcement does not change the current restriction on indoor activities for 4-H clubs, with one exception noted below.

There is one major, recent change affecting 4-H to report at this time.  Today, AHS has informed 4-H Alberta that Riding Arena’s may now have groups up to 10 total in the arena.

Rules for Participation:

  • Participants may be mounted or not mounted
  • Due to AHS requirements, 4-H members must be under the age of 18
  • Riders are to keep 3 meters apart
  • New groups can not enter the arena until the previous group has exited
  • Clubs must record attendance for contact tracing purposes
  • Masks must be worn at all times
  • No spectators are allowed at this time
  • Please adhere to the Rule of Two at all times

Please check with your local arena for booking opportunities and ensure you follow any further guidelines set out by the facility.

4-H is in constant contact with AHS to stay informed on the latest news and opportunities for our clubs to re-engage with in-person activities.  We are communicating to the Government of Alberta the importance of opening up to in-person club activities.

We will continue to monitor the current restrictions and the Steps outlined by AHS to ensure that 4-H Alberta follows AHS guidelines and advocate for easing restrictions related to 4-H activities as it is safe to do so.

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