We have had an excellent start to our season with a very successful Fall Chill program, all star tryouts underway, and our house leagues about to begin. Overall, we are very pleased with the cooperation and support from our players and parents as we play hockey in our ‘new normal’. However, after two weeks of programming, we have observed several things that require your attention related to COVID-19 protocols and guidelines.
Our guidelines presently ask that one member only per household attend hockey sessions. We have received several inquiries about this guideline, asking if there is any flexibility or exceptions permitted. Effective immediately, we ask that a maximum of two members per household attend sessions. As well, if younger siblings stay within their ‘bubble’, they may also attend. Public Health guidelines state we can have a maximum of 100 spectators in the rink. We will be closely monitoring the numbers. We ask that you exercise physical distancing and always wear a mask. If we encounter problems with our numbers or adherence to public health guidelines, we will revert back to asking for one member per household. We thank you for your cooperation to make this work.
As we have already communicated, we will be using TeamSnap to confirm availability and to conduct health checks prior to sessions. However, this won’t be effective until our teams and groups are finalized. For the next week to two weeks, we will need to use the screening forms in paper. To reduce congestion and time at the entry to the rink, please download and fill out the form prior to the session. The player can then simply leave them at the front table upon arrival. Here is the link: https://hnl.m5i.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Hockey-NL-RTH-Screening-Form-R2.pdf
Layout / Traffic Flow in the Rink
When players are in upstairs dressing rooms, they must take a right upon entry and head up the stairs. If players are in dressing rooms on the main level, they take a left. Spectators must stay to the right side of the rink. Only in exceptional cases should parents or guardians be going to the left side of the rink. We recognize that some younger players need help with their equipment: please assist your player and then head straight back to the spectator zone. Finally, it is critical that players and parents continue to adhere to arriving no more than 15 minutes prior to the start of your session. As well, doors will continue to be locked between session. This is necessary to control traffic and the management of our attendance and is an important element of contact tracing.
Thank you in advance for your continued cooperation and remember….. Go Celtics Go!