It was so exciting to see so many kids on the ice this past weekend playing hockey. With the "new normal" taking a bit of time to get used to, we want to remind everyone of a few key items that popped up more than once.
Hockey New Brunswick Return to Play guidelines tell us that we should arrive as per the facility requirements, which is no more than 15 minutes prior to ice time. Skaters should be dressed, as you only have the use of the dressing rooms to finish getting ready for the ice (skates, helmet, gloves).
Contract tracing is required by the Town of Sussex and the Department of Health. Please be sure to arrive on time and let the coach or Team Liaison know that your child is there, so that they can accurately indicate all skaters present and missing on the contact tracing sheet.
Masks are recommended to be worn when social distancing is not possible in the arena. Everyone using the arena should have a mask with them. They are not required to enter the building.
Dressing rooms should be used to put on skates and helmets, prior to going on the ice. All players are requested to enter the arena fully dressed. Older players (Under 18) are permitted to arrive and enter the building dressed up to their hockey pants, and complete dressing in the dressing room. All goalies are permitted to enter the building wearing their goalie pants, and then put on their pads, skates, chest protector, helmet, blocker, and trapper. We stress that if you, or your child, can enter the building ready to go on the ice, please do so, as this will help limit the amount of people in the dressing rooms.
For younger children, the requirement from Hockey New Brunswick is that a single parent enter the dressing room to help them put on skates, and additional family members wait in the designated viewing section.
If you are not given direction to your assigned viewing / dressing area, you can see which section you should be in on the monitor immediately inside the front doors.
When exiting the building, please be sure to use the exit designated for the viewing / dressing section that you are in, and be sure to inform extended family members of this as well. The flow of people should always be from front to sides or back. The rule of thumb is, if you are exiting the building, and you are walking towards someone, you may need to review which exit you are supposed to use.
Our Conditioning Clinic weekend was a great success, and everyone was very cooperative and understanding of the new rules in place. There were a couple of hiccups, but that is to be expected as we get used to the new flow in the arena. As we get ready for Phase 2 of the Hockey NB Return to Play guidelines next week, we wanted to remind everyone that we must adhere to the guidelines laid out by the Town of Sussex and Hockey NB, and stay focused on the goal; for a successful hockey season for Sussex and area hockey players. We appreciate everyone's cooperation in helping us reach that goal. Terry Soucy - Sussex Minor Hockey Communications Coordinator #RNQ