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Guide to Off-Ice and On-Ice Conduct

 

During COVID-19

 

from Skate Ontario's Return to Play Protocols Version 4.1 August 19, 2020

 

Off-Ice Activities OFA 

OFA – 001 Facility access and traffic flow - 

Individuals shall follow facility guidelines by using designated entry and exit doors in the facility and any guidelines to manage the flow of people within the facility.

OFA – 002 Spectators - 

The total number of spectators permitted to be at the facility at any one time must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the facility. Individuals from the same household or social circle are not required to follow physical distancing requirements. Clubs/skating schools must follow the facility guidelines with respect to spectators.

OFA 003 Personal Hygiene - 

Individuals should wash / sanitize hands upon entry to facility.

OFA 004 Warm-up / Cool down - 

Warm-ups and cool downs may be conducted inside and outside of the facility following facility and physical distancing guidelines. Individuals from the same household or social circle are not required to follow physical distancing requirements.

OFA 005 Personal Protective Equipment - 

Individuals must follow local Public Health guidelines with respect to wearing face masks within facilities.

Coaches: Recommended to wear a non-medical face mask when in
open areas of facility

Skaters: Recommended to wear a non-medical face mask when in open areas of facility and if warming up inside facility

OFA 006 Dressing Rooms -

Skaters are encouraged to arrive at the arena in their skating clothes. Facilities may provide access to dressing rooms and are required to ensure that any of these areas that are open to the public are cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to
maintain a sanitary condition.

OFA 007 Skates On /Off  -

Skaters should follow facility guidelines with respect to putting their skates on. They may put their skates on / remove skates outside of the arena respecting physical distancing protocols and remaining at least 2m apart. Skaters can use their own vehicles, outdoor
benches or bring their chairs (i.e. camping chairs). Alternatively, skaters may put their skates on / remove skates using open areas of the arena or dressings rooms that the facility has made available, while following physical distancing guidelines and remaining at least 2m apart.

OFA 008 Personal Items -

Personal items like skating bags should be left in the relevant individual’s vehicle if available (in a safe and secure location) and where possible, not be brought into the arena. Skaters and coaches may carry their own water bottle, tissue box etc. into the
arena.

OFA 009 Entry / Exit from Ice -

Skaters must follow physical distancing protocols and remain at least 2m apart from any other individual while waiting to enter and exit the ice. Individuals from the same household or social circle are not required to follow physical distancing requirements.

OFA 010 Off-Ice Classes  -

Off-ice classes may be conducted inside and outside of the facility following facility and physical distancing guidelines. Individuals from the same household or social circle are not required to follow physical distancing requirements.

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On-Ice Activities ONA 

 

ONA 001 Personal Protective Equipment -

Individuals must follow local Public Health guidelines with respect to wearing face masks within facilities. 

Coaches:
• Recommended to wear a non-medical face mask while
coaching
• Any winter gloves that are worn should be washed daily
Skaters:
• Not required to wear a non-medical face mask while skating
• Any winter gloves that are worn should be washed daily

ONA 002 Physical Distancing -

Individuals are required to maintain a physical distance of at least 2m from any other person during the session. Individuals from the same household or social circle are not required to follow physical distancing requirements.

ONA 003 Personal Items -

Skaters must use individual water bottles, tissue boxes etc. during training sessions. No sharing of these items is permitted. Skaters must have their own closed containers (i.e. Ziploc bag) for disposing of used personal items such as tissues. These must be disposed of at home or in a lidded garbage container in the facility.

ONA 004 Playing Music -

Determine safe way to play music while following physical distancing and hygiene measures.

Consider the following:

• Designating one person per session to play music
• Providing access to music playing equipment in an open area (i.e. long cord to rink-side for use with phones)
• Providing sanitizing wipes to be used in between each session or user of music equipment
• Permitting individuals bring their own speaker for use in playing music

ONA 005 On-Ice Coaching  -

Coaches and choreographers are recommended to coach from one spot on the ice or over the boards at rink-side. Coaches, choreographers and skaters must remain at least 2m apart from each other with the exception of those in the same household or social circle.

ONA 006 Harness  -

Effective August 17th, the use of harnesses is permitted in the following situations:

• Mounted and portable harnesses are permitted
• The skater and coach must wear a non-medical face mask at all times when the harness is in use
• The harness must be disinfected and/or sanitized before and after each use using a spray or wipe
• The coach/skater should sanitize their hands before and after use
• Where possible, coaches are encouraged to stay more than 2m apart from skaters during harness lessons
• Harness lessons should be limited to no more than 15 minutes with adequate time allowed in between lessons to disinfect the equipment
• Consideration could be made to making a secondary disinfected harness or chest strap available in order to more easily rotate skaters between harness lessons

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