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UPDATES ON ARENA PROTOCOLS - Home & Away
Submitted By Kelly Farnsworth on Tuesday, November 24, 2020
The Simcoe-Muskoka District has been moved into the Orange - Restrict Level of the Ontario Government's pandemic protection measures.

Please read on regarding some changes and reminders while we are at the Canada Summit Centre and when visiting other arenas in our area.

I would first like to thank all of our members who have kept a positive attitude and have worked as part of our HMHA team as we tackle all the changes and challenges this season has brought us. We all need to be thankful that our kids are currently able to continue to enjoy the great game of hockey while other parts of the province are in lockdown and everywhere our kids have had to give up so much this year. Please remember to be kind to the Summit Centre/Arena Staff, Officials, Volunteers, HMHA Families and our Opponents both as a host and a visitor.

Masks
-must be worn in all areas of the Summit Centre (and all arenas) except when on the ice with skates on
-must stay on after entering the building and going through the Contact Tracing line
-must remain on until a helmet is put on to go on the ice in the changing area
-must be put back on once come off the ice and have removed helmet in the changing area
-must be worn by coaches, trainers and managers while on the bench (or standing beside the bench)
-must be worn in the upstairs viewing area
-must be worn while walking through the arena, in the washroom, anywhere but physically on the ice
-must be worn by Trainers tending to an injured or ill player

Canada Summit Centre:

-any music played must be at a low enough volume so there is no need to yell or raise voices to speak above the music level
Contact Tracing:
-Officials & Timekeepers - please check in with the Customer Service Representative at the Summit Centre for Contact Tracing - they will take your information and record how many hours you will be in the building - the only time there will be an exception is if you are entering the building for a 9:00pm ice time when there is no CSR on duty, please see a Huntsville Contact Tracer to be recorded with the team
-please use the templates the CSR has provided and have spectators recorded with players - each person needs a separate line with all information recorded
-please hand in contact tracing sheets to CSR; if no one on duty, leave on table with plexiglass
Reminders:
-the game format has been adjusted: more in line with a regular game, to give more breaks during the game for the players, to better fit within our ice rentals (at home) and keep us from going over and needing to curfew games on a regular basis
-floods take place at approximately 12 minutes to the hour, with games/ice times beginning on the hour
-doors are open beginning at 15 minutes to the hour and are locked on the hour
Spectators:
-in Orange, we are permitted ONE spectator per player physically on the ice (i.e. if there are 8 players on the ice for one team, there should not be more than 8 spectators in the building for that team)
-the regulation states no spectators except for one parent/guardian per child where supervision is needed - as our association players are all minors, we are currently permitted to have one spectator per player in all divisions
-it must be recorded on the contact tracing sheet which child you are supervising - there cannot be more than one per player per ice time
-spectators are only permitted to be in the lower level of the Don Lough while assisting their player either putting on or taking off their equipment - spectators must watch from the upstairs viewing area and must exit the building directly except when assisting with equipment, there is no need to come into the lobby after an ice time unless assisting your player - there is a door at the bottom of the stairs to the parking lot
-NO SPECTATOR SHOULD BE HANGING OUT, LOITERING, GATHERING, WATCHING THE ON ICE ACTIVITY FROM THE LOWER LEVEL OF THE DON - THE LOBBY IS ONLY FOR WALKING THROUGH - PLEASE GIVE OUR PLAYERS SOME PRIVACY WHILE THEY ARE GETTING DRESSED; PLEASE DON'T PUT OUR NUMBERS OVER WHAT IS PERMITTED IN THE LOWER LEVEL
-for parents who have a young child other than the player on the ice and they are unable to arrange for someone to watch the young child while they bring their hockey player to the arena there can be an exception made on a case by case basis to allow for one young child to attend with a parent in the spectator area - this needs to be approved in advance of the ice time (please don't show up without prior approval) - if this applies to you, please reach out to Kelly Farnsworth to gain approval from the CSC staff:  [email protected] - as with anything, please only request approval if necessary, as this can only be the exception if i.e. there is not someone available to watch the child at home while you bring your player to the arena (this is for the Canada Summit Centre only, each arena has their own policies) - this process takes some time, so please plan well in advance to avoid disappointment

South Muskoka:
-please remember to adhere to the policies/procedures specific to each arena
-any music played will be at a low enough level so no yelling or raising voices necessary to talk above it
Bracebridge Arena:
-Contact Tracers are asked to have their Contact Tracing sheets to be single sided so it easier for the arena to copy/scan
-an area in the stands is currently open for viewing
Gravenhurst Arena:
-no longer have an area in the stands open - spectators are only permitted to view the games from the hallway behind the bench area

Muskoka Rock:
-have received word that the Humphrey Arena cannot be used because of Health Unit boundaries - I have not heard how the schedule will be edited - for those teams with upcoming games scheduled at the Humphrey Arena, please be sure to check the website for updates

Any further updates will be added to our website as they become available.

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