4-H Alberta is directly following AHS guidelines related to COVID-19. We are listening to our community and working with AHS to provide clarity and support wherever possible to continue to support the development of our youth.
Our Leadership Team is in constant communication with senior personnel within AHS and currently pursuing special consideration for 4-H activities related to 4-H Shows & Sales. Our youth’s health and safety will remain our top priority as we work to find viable solutions.
We will update our 4-H community with new information as soon as it becomes available.
As COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions can change quickly, we encourage our 4-H community to visit the Alberta government website for the most recent updates. The links to AHS COVID-19 information and resources can be found under the Links & Resources heading.
On June 10th, Alberta has moved to Stage 2 of the Open for Summer Plan.
Alberta entered Stage 2 of the Open for Summer Plan. Stage 2 removes and reduces public health restrictions that affect sporting and recreation events including 4-H and similar youth agricultural and achievement events. The current public health measures sufficiently permit sport and recreation events and as a result, Alberta Health will no longer need to provide 4-H exemptions under the CMOH Order. Furthermore, the legal process of implementing public health measures has effectively invalidated the existing Youth Agricultural and Achievement Exemption, as it was issued under the authority of Order 30-2021 (Stage 1), which is no longer in effect. (this is all an aspect of the legal process of creating and changing CMOH Orders)
What this means for 4-H organizations and hosting facilities, is that you are permitted to operate within the rules for sport and recreation.
- All Albertans (regardless of age and location in the province) are allowed to participate in indoor and outdoor sports, whether solo or in groups.
- Physical activities can occur in any indoor or outdoor facility.
- Physical Distancing:
- Physical distancing is not required during gameplay or sports practice.
- Physical distancing is required at all other times (except households).
- Youth 0-11 years of age:
- Due to vaccine eligibility, activities with children 0-11 years of age are strongly recommended to cohort play in groups of no more than 50 children (including all teams who play games with each other).
- Staff and coaches are not included in the count.
- Note there will be more detail about youth 0-11 in the Guidance for Sport, Fitness and Recreation
- Outdoors, people participating in physical activities are not required to mask.
- Indoors, masking is required at all times, except when participating in high-intensity physical activity during sports play/practice. Masks are required before and after the high-intensity physical activity, as well as in change rooms, washrooms and other indoor locations.
- Indoors, Coach/Trainers/Instructors for physical activity, performance and recreation must mask while providing instruction in indoor areas except while engaged in physical activity according to the guidance.
- Outdoors, Coach/Trainers/Instructors for physical activity, performance and recreation are strongly encouraged to mask if they will have regular close contact with clients/participants in an outdoor setting.
- Indoor and outdoor fixed seating (i.e. bleachers, arena seats, etc.) spaces for events can have 1/3 regular capacity.
- Outdoor public gatherings for events without fixed seating are permitted for up to 150 people.
- Indoor public gatherings for events without fixed seating are permitted for up to 1/3 fire code capacity.
More information can be found in the document “Step 2: Guidance for Sport, Fitness and Recreation”, which will be published at the provided link hopefully by Monday. There will also be a “Stage 2: Guidance for Indoor and Outdoor Events” (or something similar in name). In the meantime there is more information at the following link under “Fitness, recreation and sport activities” at https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx
FAQs Update as of May 13, 2021
3. Everyone working together and following the rules will allow all clubs to have an in-person achievement activity if they wish.
Please remember that what we do in 4-H is for our youth, follow the code of conduct and be a positive role model for the youth watching you Lead and Guide.
2. The Youth Agriculture and Achievement Activity Exemption remains valid for the list of 4-H events in Schedule A. Please be aware that venues are not required to be open to our activities and some are closing. Communication with your venue is key.
Project work activities and achievement days are not social gatherings and are limited to essential people only. For the most current guidelines see the 4-H Alberta COVID-19 page under “Current Guidelines”. These may change at any time.
The waivers, program operating guidelines, insurance coverage and protection are valid when an organization can demonstrate they are following best practices which include adhering to Public Health Orders.
Failure to follow current guidelines can have a negative impact on the entire 4-H community and the additional support 4-H has obtained from AHS during this pandemic. As such, 4-H does not permit any breach of mandatory public health guidelines in AB.
2. Under the 4-H Alberta Achievement and Agricultural Exemption 19 and 20-year-old members are able to participate fully.
Every activity and every club is unique. The best place to start is with your facility – is it available and what rules do they have? You also need to consider whether or not you can meet AHS guidelines in terms of numbers of attendees, physical distancing, masking, disinfection, etc. Communicate and work with your 4-H families to support a safe environment for your club to operate.
Check with your facility. Share a copy of the 4-H Alberta exemption order. They may be willing to work with you; they are not required to.
Owners of the property need to check with their insurance provider to make sure they are willing to accept the risk of having 4-H members and leaders working on their property. 4-H insurance only covers Cleaver Kids, 4-H Members, Leaders and Volunteers at a sanctioned 4-H activity. 4-H insurance does not cover private property or project items.
As per current AHS guidelines, masks are mandatory indoors and strongly recommended outdoors, unless an exemption has been secured. Physical distance should be maintained.
2. Achievement and agricultural activities: Groups are limited to a maximum of 60 essential people indoor (or 70 outdoors). If numbers within single clubs are small enough to allow for an interclub activity to remain under the maximum number, an activity plan may be submitted for consideration.
2. Achievement and agricultural events are limited to a maximum of 10 spectators if outdoors. No non-essential people are allowed at indoor events.
No, at this time, in-person club meetings, committee meetings, district or regional council meetings will continue to use virtual platforms until further notice. Meetings are not considered critical activities to be held in person.
Yes, 4-H Clubs can participate in community service initiatives providing community facility or partner requirements are respected and followed. All AHS requirements must be met.
All participants should complete a self-assessment before attending a 4-H activity or event. This COVID Alberta Health Services Daily checklist can be used as a guide: COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist
Follow all AHS guidelines for group activities. Check the 4-H Alberta website for current exemption information.
- More than one club is participating
- Activities may be high risk (ie water sports, skiing, unusual activities for the project group)
- The activity involves overnight accommodations or 4-H organized travel
- Your activity requires you to sign a third-party waiver
If in doubt, reach out to the Area and Accreditation Manager for more information.
The Activity Plan form can be found here.
4-H Alberta has added a new resources page to help clubs, leaders, and members operate during this challenging time. Visit https://www.4hab.com/covid-19/
Yes, if an individual is required to quarantine from exposure, or they exhibit COVID symptoms, they must quarantine from 4-H.
Potlucks are not permitted at this time (May 13, 2021). If your club, committee, or council wishes to serve food, you must follow all foodservice requirements and guidelines outlined by AHS: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and food safety.
- Have everyone RSVP or pre-register
- Sit in family groups and physically distance
- Whenever possible meet virtually
- Set up ways to communicate via email, phone, a private social media page, etc.
- Be flexible
Work with the facility that you meet at to understand their standards.
The individual experiencing symptoms of an illness should be removed from the activity or event with a parent or guardian immediately. If immediately leaving the event is not possible, the individual should be isolated from the larger group. Immediately clean and disinfect surfaces that the individual may have been in contact with. The individual should immediately mask and glove, if not already wearing these protections. Those who are caring for the individual experiencing symptoms need to take precautions. The individual is legally required to isolate for at least 10 days from the start of symptoms (fever, cough – new or worsening, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing – new or worsening, runny nose, sore throat) or until they resolve, whichever is longer. COVID Symptoms and Testing
A 4-H incident report needs to be completed and filed as soon as the event is over.
No, members should not be penalized for events outside of their control. (COVID-19) Clubs are encouraged to work with those members/families to find alternative activities or ways of participating to meet member requirements.
Hand sanitizer, masks and cleaning supplies, or funding, will not be provided to 4-H clubs, districts or regions. It is recommended that clubs encourage members, leaders, volunteers, and families to support the clubs, districts, and regions by bringing and/or supplying their own supplies to help stop the spread. At 4-H Alberta provincial events, items will be available when appropriate.
Our exemption can be pulled at any time. Please follow the rules to the best of your ability. There may be consequences for your club, depending on the severity of the breach.
AHS may fine the group and 4-H Alberta would not provide assistance in paying this fine. Our exemption may be rescinded and all later activities will be cancelled.
Please read the latest 4-H COVID update before making a phone call.
If you still have questions, reach out to your Area Coordinator. Your questions will be answered as soon as possible during regular business hours (8:30 – 4:30 Monday – Friday). https://www.4hab.com/contact/.
4-H Alberta COVID-19 waiver
Every 4-H family is required to complete the electronic COVID-19 waiver, and are encouraged to keep a copy. (One per household.) The COVID-19 waiver can be found in all registered member and leader profiles.
Yes, anyone attending an event hosted by a 4-H Club, District, Regional, or Provincial level must complete the COVID-19.
Download a generic COVID-19 waiver here. Guest COVID-19 waivers can be scanned and emailed to email@example.com. The club, council or committee must keep a copy in case the individual attends a future event. If the guest can take a photo or keep a copy for their records for any future 4-H events they may attend would be ideal.
No, the 4-H COVID-19 waiver only needs to be completed once. You are asked to self-screen prior to each activity.
Yes. Truck drivers are considered essential workers, just as nurses crossing the border would be. They do not have to quarantine for 14 days upon each return to Canada but must use an app to update Health Canada and must monitor symptoms. We consider their risk the same as other essential workers, and we are not excluding them from our programs.
Visit AHS at COVID-19 info for Albertans. 4-H Alberta will do our best to update our community regularly, but we always defer to AHS to guide 4-H activities and events in Alberta. Our most recent COVID-19 update can be found at 4-H Alberta COVID-19 Update.
ACHIEVEMENT AND AGRICULTURAL EVENTS
Yes, if they are comfortable doing so, physically distanced, and sanitize between clubs. They must be masked indoors, and it is highly recommended that they are masked outdoors. Their attendance at each event must be documented and kept on file for a minimum of 28 days.
a. General leaders and or club registrars are able to see what form has been completed but not the data on the form; that information is confidential. As a leadership team, please ensure that all members, leaders and volunteers have completed their forms.
b. Individuals can access the forms by logging in to the 4-H Alberta Online Registration System with their username and password.
- Members should only be identified with their first name and last initial.
- If sharing posts outside of the club, identifying information (ie age, school) should not be shared.
- 4-H Brand guidelines should be followed.
- The perception of your post should be considered.
Monitoring and enforcing rules for all is done by the club leadership team. All 4-H families are required to support the club’s leadership team to ensure safety for all.
Use signage to inform the public of achievement day restrictions. Be sure that all 4-H families are aware of the expectations of those in attendance.
You may sell as an interclub or district virtually or privately but buyers cannot be invited to a show venue if they bring numbers above the maximum allowed (60 indoors or 70 outdoors). The number of buyers at an auction site is limited by the auction. Only people essential to the activity should be included. Please read the Achievement and Agricultural Events exemption order.
4-H Members’ safety is the number one priority at all times. 4-H Leaders must follow the rule of two and have an adequate number of volunteers present to ensure member safety. No more than one parent or guardian per member can attend to assist with the learning activity. Groups are a maximum of 10 people total.
ONLY critical 4-H club project activities that support training and learning opportunities are permitted, if they cannot be held virtually.
4-H Alberta’s exemption for project work (current guidelines) allows for groups of 10 people outside. At this time, as of May 8, 2021, the exemption is only valid in regions following lower case restrictions, for outdoor project work. Please monitor the AHS map for your area’s status.
Follow all AHS guidelines. Only in regions following lower case restrictions 4-H Alberta’s project work exemption is still valid. This allows groups of 10 people outside.
As of May 8, 2021, 4-H project groups in regions following lower case restrictions can meet outside in groups of 10 including all members, leaders, and instructors. See question 5.
AHS COVID-19 webpage – alberta.ca/COVID
AHS current public health measures – Enhanced public health measures | Alberta.ca
Resource page – COVID-19 Response Resources
Updated COVID19 FAQs page – FAQs – COVID-19
AHS Interactive map showing High Case and Lower Case Areas for Alberta – AHS Interactive Map
Note: 9(e) does not reflect current AHS guidelines. In Alberta, only the person that is deemed to be a close contact with a confirmed case must quarantine for 14 days. If the person tests negative or shows no symptoms then the person can participate after 14 days. This is a 4-H Canada document and we are currently working with them on amending 9(e).