Falher closes arena

Richard Froese
South Peace News

The Falher Regional Recreation Complex has closed for the winter season as arenas remain closed for team and group sports activities by COVID-19 restrictions.

At its meeting Feb. 8, Town of Falher council approved a recommendation to take out the ice immediately.

Mayor Donna Buchinski read the recommendation that council cease operations “due to uncertainty in the COVID restrictions”.

The Alberta government announced Dec. 8 that all indoor recreation arenas would be closed for one month as the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths increased and remained high. The order was extended to Jan. 21 as figures continued to be high.

Even though COVID daily cases and deaths have fallen significantly in the past three weeks, the government revised its relaunch plan that would allow indoor winter team sports to start in March.

The recommendation was simply passed, council did not discuss the issue.

However, the decision may not have surprised council when the issue was discussed Jan. 11.

“If restrictions are extended, all arenas will be shut down,” Buchinski predicted at the previous meeting.

Council accepted a request from Falher Curling Club at the January meeting to put the curling season on ice over COVID restrictions.

Council passed a motion to accept the curling club’s request to excuse the club from its lease contract for the curling rink and the upstairs bar due to COVID restrictions effective Jan. 11.

“We don’t know if they’ll have a curling season in 2021-22,” Buchinski said at the January meeting.

It depends on COVID restrictions.

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