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Restrictions Exemption Program

Starting Sept. 20, in-scope businesses, entities and events in Alberta must follow one of these 2 options as outlined by the Government of Alberta:

  1. Implement the Restrictions Exemption Program requiring proof of vaccination or negative test result, plus mandatory masking, to continue operating as usual, or
  2. Comply with all public health restrictions as outlined in Order 42-2021

In response to this, effective Sept. 21, 2021, the Town will be implementing the provincial Restriction Exemption Program at the Devon Community Centre and Dale Fisher Arena

REP Guidelines

Under the REP, those 12 years of age and older entering these facilities will be required to provide:

  • a partial vaccination will be accepted up to Oct. 25 (one dose received 14 days before entry)
  • full vaccination is required after Oct. 25 (two doses received 14 days before entry)
  • proof of a privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test completed within 72 hours
  • documentation of a medical exemption

Those 18 and older must also provide valid personal identification along with their proof of vaccination.

Those looking to acquire their proof of vaccination can print off or screen shot their vaccine record at albertavaccinerecord.ca.

All other Town-operated facilities including the Town Office and Devon Fire Hall are deemed essential services and will not be a part of the Restriction Exemption Program. Provincial public health measures will continue to be followed in these facilities.

REP Update from the Government of Alberta - Sept. 21

The Town has received clarification from the Government of Alberta regarding youth access to facilities under the REP.

  • Youth under 18 accessing a facility with a REP in place for the sole purpose of taking part in a youth activity do not need to provide proof of vaccination.
  • However, if a facility has a REP in place, individuals ages 12 and up must show one of the acceptable options for proof of vaccination if they wish to spectate or participate in a mixed youth/adult activity (not including an activity where the adult supports the youth, such as a parents and tots class).

Learn more about the Restrictions Exemption Program at alberta.ca/rep.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Restrictions Exemption Program (REP)?  
It’s a program that the Government of Alberta will roll out on Sept. 20 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It will allow businesses and organizations an opportunity to continue providing services without reducing capacity limits. 

Why is the Town participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program?
The Government of Alberta declared a state of public health emergency on Sept. 15 and introduced a new Restrictions Exemption Program that will allow businesses and organizations to continue to operate without limiting capacity. Businesses that choose not to participate in the program will need to follow a number of capacity and operating restrictions. In order to continue serving a greater number of residents, the Town of Devon has decided to participate in the Restriction Exemption Program.

Why is the Town asking for proof of vaccination? 
The Government of Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency and introduced a Restrictions Exemption Program that will allow businesses and organizations to ask for proof of vaccination, medical exemption or a negative PCR or rapid test (completed within the last 72 hours) instead of reducing capacity limits. The Town has decided to participate in the program in order to continue serving our community.

Are there any exemptions for the REP?
Yes, youth under 18 years that are using the Dale Fisher Arena or Devon Community Centre for youth-based activities will not be required to show proof of vaccination at these facilities. However, youth 12-17 years who are not participating in activity (spectators) are not covered by this exemption and are required to show proof of vaccination, medical exemption or a negative PCR or rapid test (completed within the last 72 hours).

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