COVID-19 PROTOCOLS & Return to Play Protocol

Our return to programming includes strict adherence to the policies and guidance from the Ontario Government. We are guided by the recommendations by the governing hockey organizations in Ontario and the guidelines and procedures for facilities for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities.  We will adhere to the Ontario government guidelines and orders pertaining to group sizes and the modification of sports to comply with health precautions.

Each participant must review our policies and procedures and acknowledge its contents to indicate that participants will adhere to our procedures. It will also indicate that there is an understanding of their obligations for disclosing any COVID-19 symptoms or risks and their acceptance of risk by participating in the program. By signing our agreement, we will have a clear record that participants are aware of and understand our policies and there is also a clear record for attendance and contact tracing if necessary.

We have progressed our program to the group programming stage that is within the Ontario provincial guidelines and also within the guidelines provided by the Recreational Facilities.  There are protocols for both on-ice sessions and off-ice procedures. Details are outlined and may be particular to each facility in which case we will provide each client with specific instructions via email correspondence.

return to sport coordinator
Owner, Tara McKay

Responsible to liaise with the facility, responsible for all communication and education to members as it relates to COVID-19, and immediately notify the Town and/or facility if a person in their club who participated in practice on Town property has tested positive for COVID-19.  Ensure all participants complete daily COVID-19 screening requirements of all participants (i.e. players, staff, volunteers, spectators) and take attendance for all activities in the event where contact tracing is required.


The structure for our group programming phase of opening for our on-ice activities will be as follows:

  • Group sizes will be in adherence with the COVID regional framework and will depend on the size of the facility and the facility restrictions and will be outlined in each program description.
  • Training, drills, game play will be in accordance with the COVID framework and it’s current
  • Players must bring their own clearly labelled water bottled placed separate from others
  • Players must be aware of the physical distancing and adhere to the marked areas in the dressing rooms and arena entrances and exit areas
  • Masks are mandatory within the facility and in dressing rooms. Masks may be removed only when leaving the dressing room to enter ice surface to participate in hockey activities.
  • If taking a break between drills and when taking water breaks, player must adhere to physical distancing, this will be facilitated by placement of water bottles 6 feet part at bench
  • Players must enter and leave ice surface and facility with physical distancing
  • Players must arrive partially dressed and only enter and exit the facility within the 10-15 minutes allotted as per the facility instructions.
  • If allowed to use dressing rooms, their use includes physical distancing as outlined by the facility markings. Players must stay in dressing room until assigned ice time and leave within 10-15 minutes of assigned ice time by directly exiting the facility.
  • Physical distancing must be maintained when exiting and entering the facility and there must be strict adherence to the arenas enter/exit locations.
  • Use of washrooms (allotted washrooms) will be in accordance with facility rules. There will be no showers.
  • Players must sanitize hands before and after training session, sanitizer will be provided
  • No parents or spectators are allowed in facility unless otherwise specified. Each program and facility will vary in this area and Tara will outline this within in each program and communication this to parents and players in advance.

Further information regarding the use of masks:

In support of the Region’s medical health officer’s instructions to businesses and organizations regarding Mandatory Use of Face Masks, all Sport Clubs to wear face masks/coverings while entering indoor Community Centres, especially in situations where physical distancing is not possible (i.e. Arena Dressing rooms). The following are exempted from wearing masks or face coverings: The Person is compromised by wearing a face covering because of a medical condition, The Person is a child under five (5) years of age, The Person is unable to place or remove a face covering without assistance or The Person requires accommodation under the Ontario Human Rights Code.  Face masks and coverings may be removed temporarily for the following purposes: The Person is consuming food or drink, The Person requires to remove the face mask or coverings for any emergency or medical purpose, The Person is actively engaging in an athletic or fitness activity including water-based activities.


The virus typically spreads through coughing and sneezing, personal contact with an infected person, or touching an infected surface and then face – mouth, nose or eyes.  Here is some general guidance and helpful tips to help prevent the spread of germs:

  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 2 meters (6 feet) or more between persons, including instructors and players
  • Promote good hygiene such as: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with greater than 60% alcohol content) at the beginning and end of the session.
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve. If you use a tissue, discard immediately and wash your hands afterward.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid high-touch areas, where possible, or ensure you clean your hands after.
  • Practice regular cleaning and disinfection of equipment and clothing.
  • Minimize contact with people who are sick. Stay home if you are sick.
  • If you have symptoms or you think you were exposed to COVID-19, notify your instructor or parent immediately, complete the self-assessment and follow the instructions you get.

RECOGNIZE AND ASSESS and control risks

  • According to Health Canada, symptoms can appear in as little as a few days or as long as 14 days after being exposed to someone with the disease. COVID-19 can cause a range of symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. For some people, the symptoms are like having a cold; for others they are quite severe or even life threatening. It is important to check with your healthcare provider, Telehealth, or local Public Health Unit and follow instructions about staying home or away from public spaces to prevent the spread of the virus. The virus typically spreads through coughing and sneezing, personal contact with an infected person, or touching an infected surface and then the face – mouth, nose, or eyes.  Close contact with the public (users) or touching potentially contaminated items (such as tickets, door handles, sports equipment, handrails and other surfaces often touched by Parks & Recreation users) are likely to pose the greatest exposure risks. In general, close contact with other people increases the risk of exposure to someone who may be already infected.
  • Demonstrate the following precautionary measures:  Do not report to sessions if you are exhibiting any of the symptoms or are under self-isolation or quarantine  Do not participate if you are in a high risk category or reside with someone in a high risk category  Do not attend sessions if you are exhibiting any of the symptoms or are under self-isolation or quarantine  Limit the amount of face-to-face contact during activities and practice physical distancing whenever possible.  Avoid sharing equipment/supplies
  • Practice stringent hand hygiene practices. Health Canada recommends following basic hygiene practices:  Wash hands frequently  Thoroughly wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer  with greater than 60% alcohol content  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth  Practice respiratory etiquette and sneeze or cough into your sleeve or a tissue and discard it  Use a clean tissue or your knuckle/elbow to touch light switches, doors, buttons, etc.


About Tara


Tara McKay is a member of the team for Gary Roberts High Performance Training (GRHPT).

Tara is the Power Skating Coach for Gary’s off-season training program for ELITE level and PRO players. Learn more.

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