COVID-19

COVID-19 – Fall/Winter 2021-2022 Season

Last updated September 3, 2021 – information on arena entry, waivers, spectators and mask wearing. Please see below for updates.

Please read all information on this page.  Any questions should be directed to the club email at seineriverskating@gmail.com

There are many protocols our club, including board members, coaches, participants and families, need to follow to make this a successful season. The steps and protocols required in order to safely participate in skating lessons this coming season are outlined below. Please be patient and work with us cooperatively by staying informed and providing documentation where required.

Note: COVID-19 protocols are subject to change as Skate Canada-Manitoba protocols and facilities protocols are updated based on the latest information and public health orders from the Manitoba Government.

Arena staff,  SRSC executives and coaches have the authority to ask skaters, members, volunteers, coaches, parents/guardians, etc. to leave if they are not following any of our outlined protocols or the protocols of our facilities.

All SRSC Program Participants (skaters) and Spectators (parents/guardians/other adult observers) MUST adhere to the following Steps and Protocols:

Before the Season Starts:

1 – Review the Return to Play Protocols for Participants (Skaters)
All participants/skaters (and parents/guardians) must familiarize themselves with the Return to Play Protocols for Participants and are responsible for staying up-to-date with Skate Canada-Manitoba and Seine River Skating Club protocols as they evolve. These can be found on this page and Skate Canada Manitoba Protocols.

2 – Participant (Skater) and Spectator Skate Canada Waivers – updated (August 19)
As of August 11, Skate Canada will no longer be requiring waivers for participants, or spectators, for the 2021-2022 skating season.

3 – Spectator Information and Arena Entry Protocols – updated (September 3)
Limitations on spectator numbers will be based on current public health orders and the facility protocols, there are currently no Public Health limitations on spectators.  But we ask that there is no more than two spectators per skater during our programming.

Current public health orders require anyone aged 18 and over to provide proof of immunization against COVID-19 (QR code, and government issued ID required or proof from the Government of Manitoba that here is a medical reason for that person to not be vaccinated) to enter an arena, no exceptions will be made. Anyone who cannot show proof will be unable to enter either of our arenas.  Participants under the age of 12 require an adult to be present during all skating activities, this adult must adhere to the above requirement around proof of immunization.

During the Season:

4 – Prior to Each Session
All skaters and spectators should review the Manitoba Shared Health COVID-19’s Self Screening Tool
https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/.

Stay home if you or your skater are ill.

5 – When to Arrive for Each Skating Session/Class
Please enter the building no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the start of your skating session/class.
Skaters are asked to come as ‘rink ready’ as possible with minimal personal belongings (such as water bottle, tissues, gloves). Leave skate bags and other non-essential items in the car.  Spaces have been provided at both facilities to put on skates and helmets.

6 – Mask Use is Required – updated (September 3)
As per the latest Manitoba government health orders, mask use is required in all indoor public places. Masks are to be worn while in an arena in all common spaces (i.e. hallways, lobbies, canteens, seating, dressing rooms, etc.) during skating programming. The only time masks may not be worn is by participants (skaters) while on the ice during a skating session.  Spectators are required to wear masks at all times.  Coaches and those helping on the ice must also wear masks at all times.

7 – Hand Sanitizing
Upon facility entry, spectators and participants will be required to sanitize their hands at the hand sanitizing station.  Hand sanitizing must also take place at the end of the session as spectators and participants leave the ice and facility.

8 – Entering the Ice Surface
Skaters may NOT enter the ice surface until instructed to do so by a designated volunteer or a SRSC coach.  
Skaters will line up in the designated area to wait for their entry to the ice. Adults, please assist your skater to adhere to physical distancing requirements during this time.  Please note: the gate to the ice will only be opened/closed by the designated SRSC volunteer/board member or coach.

10 – Water Fountains and Bathrooms
Water fountains and bathrooms are only available at the arena’s discretion.
Adults will be required to assist their own child on/off the ice should they need to leave during the session.  Please note: the gate to the ice will only be opened/closed by the designated SRSC volunteer/board member or coach.  Adults should ensure proper hand hygiene takes place before skaters return to the ice surface.

11 – Facial Tissues
Skaters must supply their own facial tissue and must dispose of used tissues in the provided receptacle immediately after use. Participants must sanitize their hands after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing.

12 – Physical Distancing
Spectators and Skaters are responsible for maintaining proper physical distancing (2m or 6ft) from others throughout the session to the greatest extent possible.

13 – Leaving the Ice Surface/End of Your Session
Skaters must leave the ice immediately when their session is completed (masks are required for skaters when off the ice).  We require time between groups to sanitize and ensure proper social distancing. Upon leaving the ice, skaters and spectators will follow signage to the designated exit, sanitize their hands, and immediately leave the facility. No loitering.

Additional Information:

14 – Should a Skater or a Spectator Become Ill with COVID-19
If a spectator or skater contracts COVID-19 they should inform the Seine River Skating Club immediately and submit a medical note via email to seineriverskating@gmail.com. Skaters/spectators are unable to return to programming until such time as they have been cleared to return to normal activities by Manitoba Public Health or a medical professional.

15 – Drop-in Figure Skating Ice
At this time
“Drop-in” for figure skaters is permitted with 24-hour prior notice to the SRSC. Non-SRSC Figure skaters and coaches wishing to sign-up for individual sessions should contact the club directly at seineriverskating@gmail.com.

16 – Club COVID-19 Refund Policy
A pro-rated refund (minus Skate Canada Insurance fee and fundraising fees) will be issued if the season or part-thereof is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  As per our regular refund policy, any non-COVID-19 related requests for a refund after the 3rd session will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

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