Revised Policy & Special Measures Order re: Spectators
April 9 2021
Good day AMHA members,
We thank all players, parents, and volunteers for their patience and understanding as we move through this most challenging season.
As everyone knows, the COVID-19 Sport protocols and guidelines have been continually changing and we must all adapt and follow guidance and orders to keep our programs running and all participants safe. Today, Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador (HNL) released a further update clarifying spectator policies in light of the Public Health special measures order. We have copied the Bulletin as received in the below News post.
Avalon Minor Hockey Association (AMHA) and Feildian Gardens will be implementing this revised policy effective immediately and it will apply to all divisions. We expect all family members to comply to this revised ‘No Spectator Policy’ per below so we may conclude our season in the safest environment possible and in a compliant manner.
We are working on a plan to live stream as many games as possible and details for any games that can be streamed will be shared in your TeamSnap app.
Go Celtics Go!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION BULLETIN
To: All Member Associations, Leagues and Teams
CC: Board of Directors, Hockey NL
DATE: April 9, 2021
SUBJECT: 2020-2021 Hockey Season Return to Play Spectators
Over the past week, there have been questions surrounding the presence of spectators during our most recent return to play. Specifically, the questions have surrounded the following point:
- Arenas must follow the Special Measures Order which states that, “With the exception of 1 person per child as required, to assist the child in preparing to participate in a group activity, spectators are not permitted”.
Public Health has provided further clarification:
- “Arenas are permitted to have up to 50 people per ice surface, as well as (i.e. in addition to this 50) 1 person per child as required to assist the child in preparing to participate in a group activity. This parent/guardian may sit in the viewing area/bleachers during the session (wearing a mask), but apart from this, no other spectators are permitted.”
The Branch supports the stance of the Department of Public Health.
The need for assistance, and support for volunteers, would be expected at the younger age divisions as determined by the respective Minor Hockey Association and/or Arena Management. Please keep in mind, the safety of all of our members and volunteers is of paramount importance. We remind everyone to adhere to Public Safety Guidelines, wear a mask, wash your hands, and maintain social distancing. It is important to recognize that this ruling is the decision of the Department of Public Health. Any violation of Public Health regulations shall be referred to the Department of Public Health. Hockey NL will abide by all regulations from the Department of Public Health and adapt should they be changed.
For more information or clarification, please contact the Hockey NL Branch Office.
Executive Director, Hockey NL
P.O. Box 176
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL