Return to Play Plan for Hockey Activities - Sept 15, 2020
Public Health Regulations:
- All applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws must be adhered to, including any and all regulations from applicable public health authorities
- League and event coordinators are advised to review the local ice and facility contracts to ensure they understand all regulations and requirements for use of public facilities
- Players are advised to not attend if they are ill, or they show any signs or have been around someone who is ill
- Captains will ask every player to complete a screening questionnaire prior to each game if they are ill, showing any symptoms or have been around someone who is ill. This will be done utilizing a COVID-19 app created specifically for this purpose where the Captain and Convenor receive the results of each player/team prior to play. This information will allow for tracking purposes and will be retained indefinitely.
- If a player is or has been ill, or is showing any symptoms of being ill from being around someone who is ill, they should self-quarantine and not return to play for a minimum of 14
- The Captain will notify every player on their team of this and the division convenor. The convenor will advise the Director of on ice, who will the report to the VP of Hockey. The VP of Hockey will advise the Board of Directors on a weekly basis on the status of those who have reported being ill and the status of when they can return to play.
- The use of a full facial visor is recommended for all players except goaltenders
- The use of individual antibacterial hand sanitizer is recommended before and after games
- Players should avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth
- Players must cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or into your elbow when coughing or sneezing
- Players are to be mindful and abstain from spitting
- Players should wash their hands frequently and before and after each game or practice
Arrival/Departure at the Arena
- When arriving at the arena, Players will adhere to the entry and exit procedures/points and traffic flow developed by the City of Burlington for each arena.
- Players should arrive no more than ten (10) minutes before any scheduled ice-time
- Players should leave the facility as soon as possible after completion of hockey related activities
- The use of dressing rooms and the facilities will be based on the City's guidelines – CURRENTLY dressing rooms are NOT available for us to use except for your goalie and the showers are non-operational.
- Players should be mindful of limiting skin contact in the dressing room
- Players should not congregate in dressing rooms, parking areas, or public areas before or after hockey related activities
- Players are required to wear a mask when entering the facility and must keep it on until they are ready to play and put their helmet on when stepping on the ice.
Physical Distancing During the Game
- Players shall limit all physical contact outside the normal parameters of adult recreational hockey (ie. there shall be no handshakes or high fives)
- Players must use individual water bottles - the sharing of water bottles is prohibited
- It is recommended that teams forego having coaches or non-players on the bench or in the dressing room.
- Players are to maintain social distancing on the bench and will utilize the space outside of the bench in order to do so.
- It is recommended that only Players attend the facility and no coaches are permitted.
- It is recommended that no spectator attend any game (including children, spouses and general public).
- If spectators do attend, they shall adhere to the principal of physical and social distancing and must complete a screening questionnaire prior to doing so.
- Players shall not huddle or conference in close quarters before, during or after the game
- All garbage must be collected and removed from the bench and from the dressing room by each team after use
PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE A GUIDELINE ONLY AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF THE RISKS AND PRECAUTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE RETURN TO ADULT RECREATIONAL HOCKEY.
THESE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND DO NOT CONSTITUTE HEALTH OR LEGAL ADVICE. AT ALL TIMES IT IS THE PLAYERS RESPONSIBILITY TO ASSESS AND MANAGE THE RISK ASSOCIATED WITH THE RETURN TO HOCKEY AND HOCKEY RELATED ACTIVITIES.
THESE GUIDELINES DO NOT REPLACE OR OVERRULE ANY NATIONAL, PROVINCIAL, TERRITORIAL, MUNICIPAL, OR ANY OTHER APPLICABLE PUBLIC HEALTH LAWS OR REGULATIONS. BOHC SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSSES, CLAIMS OR DAMAGES RELATING TO COVID-19 ARISING UPON THE RETURN TO ADULT RECREATIONAL HOCKEY.