COVID 19 PROVINCIAL RETURN TO SPORT UPDATE
posted May 13, 2020, 1:36 PM
As we have seen over the past two months the COVID-19 virus continues to remain fluid and provide more questions than answers for all of us as to what the information we receive means and when are we able to get back on the ice. The challenge in finding answers to these questions are amplified by the fact that each Provincial jurisdiction across Canada has their own restrictions in place as well as their own individualized re-launch strategy and process.
During the last 2 months, we have been actively engaged with our Government Sports Consultant and managers, participated in several meetings with our Minister, weekly meetings with other Provincial Sport Organizations (PSO’s) in Alberta, in addition to our meetings with Skate Canada and other Sections concerning the pandemic and our return to play. In Alberta’s relaunch strategy released April 30th all recreation centres and arenas listed as being not permitted to re-open until Stage 3 (and therefore the sports that run their programming in those facilities also fall under Stage 3. Please refer to the attached update for additional information.
The Section’s sport specific recommended guidelines and protocols that are needed to comply with our Provincial and Territorial restrictions are currently in development. We know that our sport is unique to others being primarily an individual, non-contact sport, and as a result has social distancing measures already in place in some areas. We need to be reminded however that without any restrictions lifted on facilities we will still not be able to resume our on-ice activities. We hope to have additional clarity and information to share over the next few weeks with our members that will assist your club or skating school in conversations with your local municipality, and to implement into your planning process so you are prepared to re-open as soon as restrictions are lifted.
Many of you will also have seen today Skate Canada’s announcement that they have “lifted the suspension of Skate Canada activities with limitations”. Please note: Activities are still only permitted if they are allowed in the jurisdiction that they are located in, which means in Alberta off-ice training and activities with social distancing measures in place at permitted open green-spaces and parks (By the Province or Municipality) are now allowed (effective today).
Additional information, online resources
May 11, 2020 Skate Canada Sanction Suspensions lifted https://skatecanada.ca/2020/05/return-to-skating/
Skate Canada FAQ: https://skatecanada.ca/covid-19-response/
Alberta Relaunch Strategy https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-relaunch-strategy.aspx