Children’s fitness returns to Slave Lake

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

A surprise decision on February 6 by the Alberta government means that some children’s fitness activities can happen in Alberta. In response, some Slave Lake groups were able to reopen right away and others had to wait.

Dancin’ Kids Slave Lake, Dance Creations, and AB Taekwondo were offering online classes during the shutdown in December and January. With the easing of restrictions, they now offer both.

Ukrainian dance was all set to start on Feb. 11, but postponed it by a week, so the instructor didn’t have to drive from Edmonton during the cold snap.

Northern Spirit Taekwondo hasn’t been able to hold any classes since the pandemic started because the gym at Northern Lakes College is closed. It is looking for a new location.

Lakeside Figure Skating Club had to wait for the Town of Slave Lake to make a decision about the MRC. This didn’t happen until Feb. 11.

“We’re willing to extend the season,” says April Steele, Lakeside Figure Skating Club treasurer, on Feb. 8.

Lakeside has half its normal classes, because of COVID restrictions.

As of February 11, Slave Lake Gymnastics Association was waiting on a decision from the Alberta Gymnastics Federation.

Restrictions for children’s athletics are:

All participants must be 18 years old or younger, excluding coaches or trainers.

A maximum of 10 individuals, including all coaches, trainers and participants, can participate.

All participants must maintain physical distancing from each other at all times.

Participants must be masked at all times, except when engaged in the physical activity.

Coaches and trainers must remain masked at all times.

There must be limited access to change rooms – for accelerated arrival and departure, emergencies and washrooms.

Games aren’t allowed.

An in-person tap class at Dancin’ Kids Slave Lake on February 9. The two students and a teacher were well under the 10 person max allowed under the new COVID restrictions for children’s fitness and performance.

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