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Vulcan recreation facilities closed for group, team activities for now

Members of the Vulcan Skating Club had one last session Nov. 25 at the Vulcan District Arena before the arena closed Friday for group and team activities. Until further notice, all Town of Vulcan recreation facilities are now closed for all group and team activities. The Town’s recreation facilities will be open for single family and one-on-one coaching, reads the Facebook page of the Town of Vulcan’s recreation department. All bookings must be made by noon the day before, during business hours from Monday to Friday. Phone 403-485-6659 or email [email protected] for inquiries and bookings.

Stephen Tipper / Vulcan Advocate

Until further notice, all Town of Vulcan recreation facilities are now closed for all group and team activities.

The Town closed the facilities starting Friday, following the Alberta government’s Nov. 24 announcement of public health measures to protect the health-care system and slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Vulcan District Arena was open last Wednesday and Thursday, allowing Vulcan Skating Club members and Vulcan Minor Hockey teams to use the facility.

While Vulcan’s recreation’s recreation facilities are currently closed for group and team activities, the recreation facilities are for single family and one-on-one coaching, reads the Facebook page of the Town of Vulcan’s recreation department.

All bookings must be made by noon the day before, during business hours from Monday to Friday. Phone 403-485-6659 or email [email protected] for inquiries and bookings.

Bonnie Ellis, the Town’s community services manager, said the recreation department’s programming has stopped for the time being.

“We’re still going to look for ways to keep the community active,” she said.

Derek Sager, president of the Vulcan Minor Hockey Association, said the league in which Vulcan teams play, the Central Alberta Hockey League (CAHL), is still running.

But that’s only for teams based in communities classified as being “open,” and there are not many communities within the CAHL classified as open, said Sager.

Vulcan County is not one of them, instead falling into the province’s “enhanced” category. As of end of day Nov. 24, there were 100 active cases of COVID-19 in Vulcan County, according to Alberta government data.

Vulcan Minor Hockey teams could resume practising and playing games once Vulcan County is classified as “open,” said Sager.

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