Candy Cane Lane “drive-thru only”, 22 arenas about to close: town

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EDMONTON – Any Edmontonians hoping to attend the holiday lights on Candy Cane Lane this season will need to do so from their vehicle. The popular family Christmas tradition will be a “drive-only” business this year, the city administration announced on Friday afternoon.

This is just one of the few steps the City of Edmonton has taken in an attempt to address the spread of COVID-19. They follow new provincial health measures that came into effect on Friday.

The city is also closing 22 city-operated arenas from December 1 to 18. The exception is the downtown community arena, which has an exemption for use during the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.

The city also recommends not declaring a state of local emergency. Making such a statement would have little impact beyond current provincial health restrictions, city staff told councilors at the emergency advisory committee meeting.

“I think the only thing that could be gained with a SoLE is the restriction of movement. Right now, it’s hard to say where we could do this, ”said Acting City Manager Adam Laughlin, who noted the city does not have adequate data to support such restrictions.

During the meeting, Laughlin said the provincial government indicated it would allow by-law officers to apply new provincial restrictions; something that the elect demanded.

Councilors also heard that municipal libraries were allowed to remain open as long as they were operating below a 25 percent capacity threshold.

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