4-H Alberta always follows AHS guidelines. Currently, 4-H has obtained two exemptions from AHS to support our members and community. The first is the inclusion into the “Youth and collegiate sport and recreation activities” exemption group. The second is the AHS Exemption Order 12-2021 and 14-2021 for 4-H Achievement Day events.
We have reached out to AHS, and we are working with them to understand better how the recent COVID-19 expanded restrictions impact our exemptions.
Regarding the “Youth and collegiate sport and recreation activities” exemption, our current understanding is that this exemption will no longer apply as of Sunday, May 9 at 11:59 pm for at least two weeks but may be extended if deemed necessary by the Alberta government. We are currently seeking clarity on whether this is a province-wide restriction or only for high case regions.
Regarding the AHS Exemption Order 12-2021 and 14-2021 for Achievement and Agricultural Events, scheduled between April 24 and June 30, 4-H Alberta is currently awaiting a response on how, or if, it was affected by the recent AHS changes and announcement.
Regardless of the outcome, please follow AHS guidelines first and check the AHS and 4-H Alberta websites to see if 4-H has obtained additional clarity from AHS before engaging in 4-H activities after May 9, at 11:59 pm.
Access the AHS High case regions document (as of May 4) HERE. It can be found on the AHS website page – Stronger public health measures | Alberta.ca
You can find the most recent, stronger AHS public health measures at Stronger public health measures | Alberta.ca.
For the latest COVID-19 information including FAQs on the 4-H Alberta website, please click HERE.
The situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve. The Government of Alberta is updating public health orders, guidance and recommendations continuously based on evidence and the expert advice of our public health officials. You are encouraged to visit alberta.ca/COVID regularly for the most up-to-date information.