Hockey Alberta Update
Two groups of 10 allowed on indoor ice surfaces in Step 1
Two groups of 10 allowed on indoor ice surfaces in Step 1 Hockey Alberta is pleased to provide the following update to Information Bulletin 20-13, which was issued on February 6. That Bulletin informed Hockey Alberta Members that limited team sport activities could resume in Step 1 of the Government of Alberta’s A Path Forward.
As a result practices are allowed for indoor and outdoor training with a maximum of 10 participants (including coaches and trainers). Since then, Hockey Alberta has followed up with the Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation (SPAR) Branch to determine if the new measures allow for an indoor ice surface to be divided in half - allowing for two groups of 10 to be on the ice at the same time. The answer is YES, an indoor arena ice surface can be divided in half, and two groups of 10 can participate in on-ice activities at the same time.
Please note that game play remains prohibited, and each group and all participants in each group must maintain at least three metres physical distancing from each other at all times. Wherever possible, physical barriers should be used to divide the ice surface. Guidelines regarding outdoor team activities remain the same as announced on Saturday - maximum of 10 participants, including at least one certified coach, with two metres physical distancing required.
PLEASE NOTE: It is imperative that during Step 1 any organization or team hosting activities must be diligent in adhering to all public health requirements - including physical distancing and maximum participant limit requirements - outlined in the Public Health Order. A list of requirements, an FAQ, and suggestions on how to set up a split ice surface to accommodate two groups is included with this Bulletin to help with planning and discussions that Members may be undertaking. Hockey Alberta is also working on updating a full Hockey’s Path Forward plan to support overall administration and implementation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.