Following the Alberta government's June 9 announcement that Stage 2 of its relaunch strategy would begin June 12, the City of Airdrie indicated it will continue to reopen public facilities as previously planned.
In a press release, the City stated that although a number of facilities originally slated to reopen in phase three would be able to open sooner, no facilities that are currently closed will reopen on June 12.
“Although new parts of our business are now able to open earlier than we had anticipated, this does not change our approach to reopening,” said Mayor Peter Brown. “We will continue as planned with our measured approach. The safety of our residents and employees is our highest priority and we will not rush to reopen any of our facilities before we have the people and processes in place to do so safely.”
According to the press release, many facilities that were closed in March due to COVID-19 have been offering virtual services. In anticipation of reopening, the municipality has been putting plans in place to welcome residents safely back into public spaces.
The government announced libraries, swimming pools, theatres and worship gatherings were among the facilities and groups that would be permitted to resume operation in Stage 2.
“We recognize that feelings about reopening are split. Many people are still concerned about the risks of reopening public facilities, while others are anxious to get back to business," said City Manager Paul Schulz. "For others, it may be a combination of both. We understand and feel the same way. We recognize there will be pressure to reopen right away, and we appreciate your patience as our staff prepare for your safe return to our facilities.”
As local facilities reopen, the City will provide up-to-date information at www.airdrie.ca/openings and the City of Airdrie social media channels.