Return to Skating Protocols - Phase 2

RETURN TO SKATING PROTOCOLS - PHASE 2 (Revision, September 20, 2020)

We at the Innisfail Skating Club are committed to staying informed and following the guidelines set by all federal, provincial and municipal regulations to limit the spread of COVID-19.  We will be working with our governing body, Skate Canada:  Alberta-NWT/Nunavut and following their safety guidelines.  With restrictions in place and certain safety standards, our sessions will look different this season.  The good news is that we get to skate.

At this time, the Town of Innisfail, has put a limit on how many skaters/coaches can be on the ice.  We are only allowed to have a maximum of 25 skaters on the ice (not including coaches).

The Innisfail Skating Club will communicate to our families any changes to these protocols.  We are looking forward to this year’s season, even though it comes with many changes.

Let’s all work together to stay safe. 



Compliance with Regulations

All individuals must comply with the most current version of the Return to Play protocols established by the Innisfail Skating Club and Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut and must adhere to all federal, provincial, and municipal regulations.  Non-compliance may result in removal from our programs without a refund.

Compliance with Waiver

The Assumption of Risk and Waiver form must be completed by each participant (including staff, skaters, coaches, and volunteers) prior to participation in any activities.  This waiver needs to be completed online and only once.  See Appendix B for Assumption of Risk and Waiver


All parents and skaters will receive detailed information via email regarding new safety and hygiene protocols that are in effect this season. Prior to the program start date, every parent will receive a phone call from an ISC board member, at which time the details of these new protocols will be discussed, and any parental or skater concerns can be addressed. A Board member will record the date of the phone conversation with parent/skater to confirm information has been accurately relayed and received.

Self-Screening Measures

Individuals must NOT attend any classes or club activities if they:
• Exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms identified by health experts  Alberta Health COVID-19 Symptoms
• Have returned from travel outside of Canada (must quarantine for 14 days at home)
• Have been in contact with some with COVID-19 in the past 14 days

Those who are considered vulnerable or an at-risk individual are advised of the increased risk of participation and take additional precautions and use of PPE where possible.

Screening of individuals

Each participant (skaters, coaches, volunteers) must complete an on-site verbal screening on a daily basis before participating in any club activities.  Attendance will be logged for contact tracing purposes.  Children and youth under the age of 12 may need a parent to assist them during the screening process.  See Appendix A for Health Screening Questionnaire





Personal Hygiene

• Wash or sanitize hands upon entry to the facility and immediately after each class
• Skaters should not touch door handles, gates, benches, or  other common surfaces
• Personal hygiene etiquette must be practiced at all times (cough/sneeze into arm or tissue, immediately place used tissues into the facility garbage bins)
• All skating clothes, gloves, water bottles, and skates must be kept clean.  Make sure all items of clothing are immediately washed and skates/guards sanitized, prior to re-entering the facility
• All personal items (guards, water bottles, etc.) must be clearly labeled.  STARSkater can store these items in their personal baskets and keep them at board side or on the players’ bench.  The Facility is allowing skaters to take a small bag to that area as well
• Absolutely no sharing of water bottles or food

Cleaning / Disinfecting

The arena staff will implement a cleaning schedule to ensure disinfecting at regular intervals in accordance with Public Health guidelines.  A disinfectant spray will be used on all high touch areas, doors, equipment, chairs, etc.

Hand sanitizer stations are located at the facility near the ice surface.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Coaches and Program Assistants are required to wear non-medical face masks while coaching CanSkate.  Clean gloves for each session must be worn. Physical Distancing of 2 metres must always be maintained if there is not a sport cohort in place.

For Skaters, wearing a face mask while skating is optional.

Any individual attending to a non-family member for medical emergency must wear appropriate PPE including a medical face mask and disposable gloves.

Physical Distancing

Skaters are required to maintain a physical distance of 2 metres with skaters and coaches at all times on the ice and within the facility.

There will be a supervisor who makes sure that social distancing guidelines and traffic flow are being followed

Dressing Rooms

Dressing rooms will be in use.  We ask that skaters use social distancing of 2 metres in the room and wearing a non-medical face mask is optional but encouraged. We encourage skaters to enter the building wearing their skates and guards to protect their blades.

Skaters are asked to use their bins to hold all personal belongings and place them in the players' box while skating. Skaters are asked to only bring one small bag into the facility.

At this time, only participants are allowed in the dressing room.  If you have to assist your skater with their skates, please use the benches in the hallway or the lobby.  Minding spacing markers.

Entry / Exit to Facility

Participants may enter the facility no more than 10 minutes prior to the activity and must leave immediately following the completion of their class.  The facility will be locked 15 minutes after the skating session begins.

Individuals must use the designated entry and exit door, along with following the one-way flow patterns established by the facility.

Parents / Spectators

Limited spectators are allowed. One parent/guardian per participant will be allowed in the facility as a spectator for the duration of an activity.  Spacing markers will be visible to establish safe designated standing/seating areas.

Effective Oct. 19, additional spectators will be allowed access to the viewing areas of the Innisfail Arena. Access is still limited to essential and/or immediate family only and viewers must have an affiliation to a participant. The general public are still not allowed access at this time. We ask that families voluntarily limit the number of spectators to those who are absolutely necessary. In continuing to ensure the safety and well-being of both patrons and staff, mask use in accordance with provincial health recommendations will also be strongly encouraged.


All coaching will be done using verbal cues. There should be no physical contact with the skater unless medical attention is required.

A minimum of 2 metres must be maintained between the skater(s) and the other coaches at all times.  Wearing a non-medical mask is recommended.


Transportation to and from the facility should be arranged so that only individuals from the same household or cohort members share rides

Travel within the Province for sport, recreation and physical activities is permitted for all approved programming under the current version of the Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut protocols.


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