Town of Whitby Facility Protocols, News (Whitby Minor Hockey)

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Town of Whitby Facility Protocols
Submitted By WMHA Board of DIrectors on Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Town of Whitby held a meeting today to review the current arena protocols.  

These protocols are in place for the safety of our players, bench staff, spectators and rink staff. 

They are designed to mitigate the spread of COVID 19 and allow our players to continue playing the game they love.WMHA supports the Town in their efforts to keep everyone safe.

Feedback from the rink staff and management group have identified a number of areas where arena protocols are not being followed.  The arena staff make notes on all rentals and forward these observations to Town management. 

User group, team name and other details are noted in the reports so please don't think that these infractions are going unnoticed.
The WMHA board of directors cannot stress enough the importance of adhering to the following points:
1) Physical distancing protocols must be adhered to while in the arena, even with masks on.  
2) Masks must be worn at all times while in the arena.  When a player removes their helmet after a practice or game, they must immediately put their mask on.
3) Players must come partially dressed and leave partially dressed.  This includes bottoms and an upper base layer.  
Players will not be able to enter the arena if they are not partially dressed.   The entire team will be stopped from entering until those players are dressed appropriately, which will result in a shortened ice rental.  After exiting the ice, players are to remove their helmets, put on their mask and then remove their gloves and skates.  Players must quickly exit the arena.  The maximum allotted time to exit is 10 minutes in order to keep the next rental on time.
4) Teams must enter as a group.  This includes the players, bench staff and parents.  Late arrivals are not permitted.

Spectators must be prepared to enter the facility with their team,- no in and out privileges will be permitted.

Spectators will remain at the Team’s designated change space within the arena for the entire ice time until they leave with their participant.

Spectators are not permitted to gather or spectate in the lobby areas of the arenas at any time.
Parents cannot open doors for late parents.  This puts the accuracy of our COVID protocols and contact tracing in jeopardy.  
This behaviour will not be tolerated and will result in lost spectator privileges.  
5) Coaches and bench staff are responsible for ensuring all players and spectators have exited the arena following the completion of their ice rental.  This is consistent with previous season's responsibilities.
6) 1 Spectator per participant will be permitted.  Groups should look to minimize the number of spectators where possible.

*Revised November 11th, 2020 

”Only 1 spectator per player permitted. No siblings. NO exceptions.  Team staff, who are required to attend games as part of the team bench, are granted permission from the Town to have an additional spectator (spouse /partner) attend. It is the team’s responsibility to ensure arena capacity is not exceeded.”


The Town has given us a short window to improve our compliance.
If we cannot achieve this, all user groups will lose dressing room privileges as well as the ability to spectate.
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