See you back on the ice in Fall 2021!
Skaters' Safety is our Top Priority - click here to see what we are doing to protect skaters and their families COVID 19
As a Skating Club the protection of all skaters, coaches and rink supporters is our highest priority.
We realize that this situation is fluid and might change rapidly so we are prepared to adapt quickly as needed. Should municipal or provincial government orders/ guidelines change, we will comply with the most up-to-date government regulations while we update our website information.
We expect all skaters, families, spectators and guests to comply with government orders and rink regulations.
STAR Skaters/Rising Star: No masks required. For the higher level skaters, we expect all skaters to comply with the 2m physical distancing requirements both on and off the ice. Following the Government of Alberta GUIDANCE FOR SPORT, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND RECREATION – STAGE 2, masks are not required during intense physical activity.
CanPOWER: No masks required. We expect all skaters to comply with the 2m physical distancing requirements both on and off the ice. Following the Government of Alberta GUIDANCE FOR SPORT, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND RECREATION – STAGE 2, masks are not required during intense physical activity.
CanSkate: No masks required but strongly encouraged. Coaches and Program Assistants may need to be within 2m of young skaters for effective instruction. Coaches and Program Assistants will be masked at all times as per Skate Canada guidelines. For the protection of the Coaching team and other skaters, we strongly encourage ALL skaters to wear masks if able. If using masks, please ensure they are well fitted so the skaters can see they feet (as they often look at their skates!) and consider the use of a helmet face cage to curb the urge to touch their masks/ face.
As of Jan 05, there is mandatory masking requirement for all users in all City of Wetaskiwin public buildings, including the Arena. Masks are required by all spectators and guests at all time. Masks are required by skaters for all time except while on the ice. This includes entering and exiting the building.
High Touch Surfaces
High touch surfaces will be cleaned by the Rink staff, including ice access doors, dressing rooms, and bathrooms.
Gloves are carry germs just like our hands. Following the Government of Alberta GUIDANCE FOR SPORT, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND RECREATION – STAGE 2, we strongly encourage washing of mittens and gloves between each use. Some skaters have the habit of chewing on their gloves or mittens so please consider the use of face cages on their helmets to discourage this practice.
Group Size/Cohorting (link to Cohorting page)
Recreation and sport activities where athletes are not expected/able to maintain physical distancing and are not required to wear masks is considered a cohort. Team sports and grouped athletes are only able to be a part of one cohort. Following the Government of Alberta GUIDANCE FOR SPORT, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND RECREATION – STAGE 2, we will be limiting the number of skaters and coaches on the ice to maximum of 50 participants & coaches. This means a maximum of 40 CanSkate registrations per semester. Additional skaters will be waitlisted and accommodated only if able to safely and consistently meet guidelines.
Individuals sports where physical distancing can be maintained is not a cohort. Star Skate, CanPower, and Rising Star are not cohorts.
Arriving/ Leaving Rink
The expectation is that skaters arrive at the rink dressed and proceed directly to the ice at their designated time. Skaters must leave the rink immediately after the session, when possible. Please ensure your skater has hard guards and assist them as necessary to ensure safe access to/from the rink.
Dressing rooms will be available to a maximum of 10 skaters/room and the dressing rooms are cleaned between use. The use of bleachers and the lobby instead of dressing rooms is discouraged.
The City of Wetaskiwin will set and post the maximum allowable occupancy based on provincial regulations.
Following the Government of Alberta GUIDANCE FOR SPORT, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND RECREATION – STAGE 2, spectators are allowed at the rink to a maximum of 100 spectators and as long as distancing measures are practiced. This includes all person in attendance: parents/guardians, siblings, families members and guests. When possible, we ask only one spectator per skater as our programs run back to back and we will have overlapping families at the rink.
We are required by the Government of Alberta to maintain tracking records for all skaters and attending spectators so this information will be collected at every skating session.
The Skating office will be open but we are discouraging parents stopping by due to the difficulty in maintaining physical distance. Click here to send an email or to book an appointment.
Resources, guiding documents and more information
- Government of Alberta GUIDANCE FOR SPORT, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND RECREATION – STAGE 2
- Government of Alberta - general information
- Government of Alberta - Guidance for Wearing Non-Medical Masks
- City of Wetaskiwin
- Skate Canada - Return to Skate Guidelines
- Skate Alberta/NWT/Nunavut