Town of Wynyard

Arena Covid Response Plan

The Wynyard Arena Covid Response Plan will change based on the Provincial Re-Open Plan, Public Health Authorities and arena sport associations. Please check this page for updated information regularly. 

Due to the COVID-19 health pandemic the Town of Wynyard is required to follow the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan and any other regulations put in place by the Local Health Authority or Chief Medical Officer. The Town of Wynyard must follow a restrictive and methodical approach when reopening the Co-operative Place Arena to ensure a safe, enjoyable and sustainable environment for our staff and patrons.

The 2020/21 arena season will not be a regular one, the Town must continue to adapt to the ongoing situation and work closely with user groups to ensure due diligence and proper operations. All groups involved with the facility must remain flexible in their operations to ensure maximum enjoyment is had by participants while remaining safe.

The following report has been put together as guidance to follow when the season begins, restrictions may be eased or tightened based on the given regional health situation at the time.

NOTE: Saskatchewan Hockey Association is referred to as “SHA” throughout this document.  At this time, Wynyard Monarch Minor Hockey and Wynyard Monarch Senior Hockey are SHA-Sanctioned programs, however all hockey practices, games and events taking place at Co-operative Place should follow the SHA guidelines. 

Saskatchewan Hockey Association Phased-in Approach

Phase 1: Evaluation and Training

Phase 2: Exhibition Games (within a mini-league)
CURRENT PHASE

Phase 3: League Games (within a mini league)
Tentative Start Date: November 1, 2020

Phase 4: League Games (within an expanded mini league)
Tentative Start Date: January 18, 2021

Phase 5: Playoffs / Provincials
Tentative Start Date: TBD

General Facility Guidelines

  • All applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws must be adhered to, including all regulations from applicable Public Health Authorities.
  • Each User Group is responsible to provide and inform all of their User Group participants, coaches, officials, volunteers and parents/guardians of participants of the Arena Guidelines and to ensure all parties affiliated with the User Group understand and follow all regulations and requirements for use of the Arena.
  • Town of Wynyard employees will follow physical distancing protocols and apply increased sanitation to the entire facility.
  • Anyone entering the facility must use hand sanitizer or wash hands where possible.
  • Physical distance of 2 meters (6 feet) must be maintained wherever possible.
  • If you are sick stay home.
  • No spectator is permitted in dressing room areas, players bench, or on ice surface.
  • Water fountains are not available.
  • Participants, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators should try to minimize cheering and whistling as much as possible to control the spread of COVID-19. Spitting is prohibited.
  • During hockey practices, games and events, anyone entering the facility must bring and wear a facemask. (See 2. Face Mask Policy)
  • All hockey programming must follow the SHA Return to Hockey Covid-19 Response – Safety Guidelines (Appendix A)

For the duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic, all users must adhere to the most current Provincial Sport Governing Body Return to Play Protocol and the current provincial health order. Deviation from the Return to Play Protocol or the Public Health order may result in the group being asked to leave the facility immediately and future ice rental privileges could be suspended indefinitely.

Face Mask Policy

Hockey games, practices and events (SHA Guidelines)

  • All visitors to Co-operative Place must bring and wear a proper face covering at all times.
    • Face coverings are not required for children under the age of 2 years.
  • Players, skaters, on-ice coaches and on-ice officials must be properly wearing a face covering when entering the arena and continue wearing their face covering until they reach the spot where they will finish getting their skates / equipment on (chair, bleacher, dressing room).
  • Players, skaters, on-ice coaches and on-ice officials must keep their face covering on until they put their helmet on to head to the ice surface. Players, skaters, on-ice coaches and on-ice officials should promptly put their face covering back on once they get back to their spot and remove their helmet.
  • Parents, bench-coaches and off-ice officials must be properly wearing a face covering at all times, including when assisting players in the dressing rooms.
  • All hockey programming must follow the SHA Return to Hockey Covid-19 Response – Safety Guidelines (Appendix A)

Other Practices & Events

  • It is recommended that all visitors to Co-operative Place wear a face covering, but is not required (subject to change).

Spectator Guidelines

General Spectator Guidelines

  • Please use hand sanitizer before entering the facility.
  • Bring and wear a mask when required (See 2. Face Mask Policy).
  • No gatherings: sit only in designated seating areas or in assigned seats.
  • Children must be supervised at all times and must remain in the designated seating area or assigned seats (wandering or running around inside the facility is not allowed).
  • Contact tracing is required by each user group.
  • All Public Health guidelines must be adhered to; gathering limits are subject to change.
  • Government regulated gathering limitations during events will be followed, enforcement and policing is the responsibility of the user group.
  • All spectators must exit the facility between user groups (ex. between a Minor Hockey game and a Senior game, between public skating and a hockey practice).

Minor Hockey Games (when allowed)

  • Maximum capacity is 150 spectators provided there is enough room to maintain two meters of physical distancing between extended household groups – side to side and front to back.
  • Members of extended households must sit together, with a minimum of two meters between extended household groups.
  • Arena staff will designate a seating area (section(s) of the bleachers) based on game attendance requirements.
  • User group is responsible for ensuring spectators remain in their assigned seating areas throughout the game.

Senior Hockey Games (when allowed)

  • Assigned seating will be available.
  • Spectators are allowed to attend at up to 50 per cent capacity (500 people) provided there is enough room to maintain two meters of physical distancing between extended household groups – side to side and front to back.
  • When assigned seating is not used, spectator capacity will be 150 people.
  • User group is responsible for assigning seats to spectators using a seating map (provided by Arena staff).
  • User group is responsible for ensuring spectators remain in their assigned seats throughout the game.
  • Members of extended households must sit together, with a minimum of two meters between extended household groups.

Accessible Seating

  • Designated accessible seating areas are available on the main level and on the upper level. These areas are only available to those who require accessible seating. Ensure your program spectators refrain from utilizing these seating areas if they do not require them.

All guidelines will be monitored by Town staff. It is the User Group’s responsibility to follow and enforce guidelines set forth by The Town of Wynyard and the provincial governing authority. Failure of user group(s) following guideline requirement may result in cancellations of future ice use.

Canteen/Bar Operations

 The arena Canteen/Bar will be open for dine-in and take-out for the 2020/2021 season.  The Canteen/Bar will remain open as long as facility guidelines are followed by all who visit the facility.

  • Lobby picnic tables
    • Reserved for dining only
    • Maximum six people per table
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Maintain a 2-meter distance from others not in your extended household group.
  • No gathering at the canteen counter and surrounding areas.
  • Bring and wear a mask when required (See 2. Face Mask Policy). 

10th Hole Bar & Lounge

Hockey games, practices and events (SHA Guidelines)

  • The Lounge will be open at the discretion of Co-operative Place management.
  • Spectators are allowed to attend at up to 50 per cent capacity (100 people) provided there is enough room to maintain two meters of physical distancing between extended household groups – side to side and front to back.
  • Assigned seating is required.
  • User group is responsible for ensuring Lounge spectators remain in their assigned seats throughout the game (except for bar, canteen and washroom visits).
  • Face Masks are required (See 2. Face Mask Policy).

Other Events

  • The Lounge will be open at the discretion of Co-operative Place management.
  • Maximum six people per table.
  • Standing room is not permitted (guests must be seated).
  • Two meters of physical distancing between tables is required.
  • Masks are recommended (See 2. Face Mask Policy).

Dressing Room Guidelines

Dressing room usage will be affected quite heavily by the COVID-19 Pandemic and the regulations associated with operations. To effectively make use of dressing rooms, the Town will require participant numbers at the beginning of arena season (send numbers to Dale Johnston, Arena Caretaker).  Multiple dressing rooms may be provided to teams in order to follow physical distancing requirements.

  • For practice times, arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to ice time and exit within 15 minutes of end of ice time.
  • During practice time for ages 10 and under, players will come to the arena dressed except for skates.
  • Only team personnel will be allowed in dressing rooms (coaches, medical staff, skaters and players).
    • If a parent is required, only one parent per player/skater will be permitted. No additional family members will be allowed in dressing rooms.
  • Bring and wear a mask when required (See 2. Face Mask Policy).
  • All garbage must be placed in containers by participants, coaches and officials as it will be removed after each use.
  • All seating will be 6 feet apart (there will be marks on benches).
  • All participants are to bring their own water bottle filled at home (water bottle fill stations are open, however fill at home is recommended).
  • All personal items must be removed from dressing rooms after use.
  • No food allowed.
  • Water fountains will not be available.
  • Please keep all rooms as clean as possible to ensure wait times are not extended or dressing room privileges removed.

Public Skating, Shoot Around & Youth Rec Hockey

 Public Skating and Shoot Around will be provided when the arena staff determines it is safe to do so.

  • Public Skating and Shoot Around participants will be participating in a “use at your own risk” environment.
  • Skate tying will be limited to specified areas where distancing can be achieved.
  • Public Skating and Shoot Around time slots will be posted on the Co-operative Place Facebook page.
  • A maximum of 30 people are allowed on the ice surface.
  • Arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to ice time and exit within 15 minutes of the end of ice time.
  • Masks are recommended (see 2. Face Mask Policy).
  • Participant sign-in is required.

Adult Recreational Hockey

Adult Rec Hockey should follow all Saskatchewan Hockey Association guidelines.

Officials

Officials are required to follow all facility guidelines, provincial guidelines, public health orders and SHA guidelines (if applicable).

Skate Sharpening

 Skate sharpening will be available.  Please pay for your Skate Sharpening Punch Card at the Canteen.  Place your Punch Card inside your skates and leave them by the skate sharpening room.

Walking Track

 The walking track will open when the arena opens for the winter season (October 19, 2020).

  • The Walking Track schedule will be posted on the Co-operative Place Facebook page.
  • Please use hand sanitizer before entering the facility.
  • Sign-in will be required for contact-tracing purposes.
  • Masks are recommended (See 2. Face Mask Policy).
  • Doors between the cold and warm areas of the arena will be sanitized regularly; however, they must remain closed to maintain the cold and warm environments.
  • 15 people maximum are allowed on the track.

Facility Sanitization

 One of the largest challenges that will be present with operating the arena facilities during a pandemic will be the ongoing, constant sanitization requirements managed by the Town. To ensure that proper sanitization takes place, the Town of Wynyard will be using spray chemical. This chemical is sprayed on surfaces and left to dry and is expected to cut the required time to properly sanitize the facility in half. Even with the added equipment, the extra cleaning requirements will put added strain on operations and on our staff members.

Arena Cleaning and Sanitizing:

  • Washrooms are available and are fully stocked, checked and sanitized regularly.
  • Assigned spectator seating will be implemented to allow staff time to disinfect appropriately.
  • High touch areas (vending machines, doorknobs/handles, handrails, light switches, countertops) will be sanitized frequently.
  • Spectators are encouraged to have personal hand sanitizer when possible to ensure proper hand hygiene.
  • Staff will wear face coverings as mandated by all applicable guidelines.

SHA Return to Hockey Codiv-19 Response Plan Safety Guidelines

Note: Guidelines are subject to change.