Some community halls begin to take rentals again

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Some local community halls have begun to re-open in light of eased restrictions last week.

Community and banquet halls, conference centres and hotels were allowed to re-open for permitted activities.

These include wedding ceremonies with up to 10 people and funeral services with up to 20 people, but not receptions or trade shows. Masks are mandatory.

The Sexsmith civic centre is among the facilities opening its doors.

“We are available if anybody wants,” said Dennis Stredulinsky, an Elks member who manages bookings for the civic centre.

No bookings have been made at the centre since the eased restrictions so far, he said.

The centre remains in use by Shannon Municipal Library and the Sexsmith Tumbling Club, he noted.

Under Step 2 of eased restrictions libraries were also allowed to re-open at 15 per cent capacity.

Meanwhile, the Sexsmith Community Centre has already booked its first birthday party and may host yoga again, said Beth Endresen, Sexsmith and Area Community Centre board secretary.

Both the party and yoga would see 10-person maximums and physical distancing requirements, she said.

Under Alberta Health Services guidelines the party can have food but only one person can serve, she added.

Endresen said the centre at this time of year would usually host yoga, Zumba and Pilates.

The Lighthouse Seventh Day Adventist Church has continued using the centre at limited capacity, she added.

In Beaverlodge, the community centre remains closed but the parks and rec department is tentatively hoping to re-open it April 6, said Rae Cook, parks and recreation manager.

Cook said she is waiting for the next announcement of eased restrictions, possibly March 22, before the town makes a decision on the rec centre building.

The centre’s fitness classes are considered “high intensity” and haven’t resumed, she said.

Typically at this time of the year the community centre would see celebrations of life, banquets and fitness classes, Cook said.

Currently, she said the centre kitchen is in use by the food bank.

The St. Mary School gym in Beaverlodge is also closed to the public and it’s difficult to say when that may re-open, Cook said.

At the Hythe Community Centre the thrift store, South Peace Rural Community Learning, food bank and salon remain open. Visitors sign in when they enter the building and the thrift store can be accessed through the north entrance.

No decision to re-open Albright Community Hall has been made yet, said hall president Dave Cunningham.

Saskatoon Lake Community Hall has had a limiting re-opening, said vice-president Glory Przekop.

The hall has booked weddings for the summer and is renting the space to a church group, she said.

A decision has yet to be made at Goodfare Hall, said Floyd Pfau, maintenance co-ordinator.

Brad Quarin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News