Editor’s note: Info on sports fields and courts has been updated April 27. Check Additional sport field, court closures announced in updated COVID-19 safety measures post.
Just like the major leagues, the minor leagues will have to delay their season until at least June to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Interim City Manager Adam Laughlin made the announcement at City Hall during a meeting of a physically distanced City Council.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess this approach as new information emerges,” said Laughlin.
“Refunds have been provided up to the end of May, and we will continue to engage with our community sports partners as they revise their schedules and game plans.”
Laughlin said the City is following the lead of Alberta Health in deciding to temporarily cancel bookings for sports fields, courts and diamonds.
Open for public use
Even though bookings are on pause, sports fields remain open for people to use casually.
As long as Edmontonians follow physical distancing rules, they are welcome to use sports fields (when they have dried out), tennis courts, ball diamonds, basketball courts and other outdoor facilities.
But remember, the rules of the new game still apply: no more than 15 people can use the field at one time. Everyone must stay two metres (six feet) apart from each other.
Note: please don’t use the sports fields until ~May 1 when they will be drier and safer.
The City wants to keep these spaces open for the public to enjoy. Peace officers will monitor these open spaces to make sure everyone is following the public health orders.
City crews will continue to monitor and maintain sports fields so they’re in shape when bookings resume.