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Laughlin said 22 city-owned arenas will be closed from Dec. 1-18. These arenas weren’t open to the public, but available for bookings by leagues or community organizations. The Downtown Community Arena will remain open as part of the World Junior Hockey Championship to be hosted at Rogers Place.
“We’ve reached the tipping point where the rate of the spread of the virus could grow exponentially and cause even more devastating harm to our health and safety of our residents and our economy,” Laughlin said. “The priority right now is shutting down the spread of transmission and protecting our health system.”
Provincial data shows there were 7,552 active cases in the Edmonton Zone as of Tuesday.
While tickets for infractions may be rising, city data shows the majority of Edmontonians are continuing to follow the bylaw. About 99 per cent of people inside recreation facilities wear masks. LRT riders have the lowest compliance rate at 86.9 per cent.
Recreation centres remain open for individual exercise and swimming. Face coverings must be worn in the centres except for during exercise or while swimming.