Nepean Skating Club | Nepean Skating Club COVID-19 Protocols and Information
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Nepean Skating Club COVID-19 Protocols and Information

Return to Play Protocol

Skate Ontario is pleased to communicate that effective July 30, 2020, individuals that are part of the same household or social circle are not required to follow physical distancing requirements within Ontario recreational facilities. Individuals that are in contact with each other should continue to practice good hand hygiene by sanitizing hands regularly, including before and after training sessions.

They have updated the relevant sections of the Skate Ontario Return-to-Play protocols to reflect this change as it pertains to their Skate Ontario stakeholders. The updated protocols can be found by clicking here or by visiting the Return to Play page on our website.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Oversight Committee

As per Skate Ontario Return to Play Protocols, each club is required to develop a COVID-19 Health and Safety Oversight Committee. The purpose of this group is to oversee the implementation of the club/skating school.

We would like to inform you of the individuals who will be acting as the COVID-19 Health and Safety Oversight Committee as we transition back to skating activities. The following people will comprise this COVID-19 Oversight Committee.

Name Position Phone E-mail
Carrie Rivers NSC Office Manager 613-226-6020 NSC.COVID-19@nepeanskatingclub.com
Tania Santo NSC Board of Directors N/A NSC.COVID-19@nepeanskatingclub.com
Claudia Caminiti NSC Board of Directors N/A NSC.COVID-19@nepeanskatingclub.com
Lenka Seniglova Senior Coach N/A NSC.COVID-19@nepeanskatingclub.com

Should you have any questions about any aspects of the Return to Play Protocols or other policies and procedures related to COVID-19, please contact one of the individuals above.

Daily Skating Procedures

Daily Entry Procedures
  • Nepean Skating Club requires that ALL skaters wear a mask to enter and exit the building.

  • Arrival time at the ‘waiting to enter’ area must not be any more than 15 minutes before the scheduled ice time. You may arrive earlier to warm up. Warm up can be done outside provided that social distancing measures are taken, and you are not near the entrance.
  • Upon arrival at the rink, users will stand in the marked area, in spots marked for physical distancing. Individuals will be greeted by a facility staff member and asked to provide their name to be checked in. Once the entire group is present, they will be allowed to enter the building one at a time.
  • Users are to use the designated entrance of the building, following arrows to the marked skate change area. Parents/Spectators will not be permitted to enter the building a per provincial guidelines – PICK UP AND DROP OFF ONLY.
  • All skaters and coaches must arrive at the rink fully dressed (aside from skates being carried.) Upon entering, users are to tie their skates in marked skate change area, maintaining the 2-meter minimum distance apart. IMPORTANT—If your skater requires help tying skates, they should be put on in the parking lot by the parent. You may wish to bring a lawn chair for this purpose, that should not be shared with others.
  • No personal belongings are to be left on the marked skate change area, they must be taken out to the ice surface and left on the designated area.
  • Washrooms will be available
  • Please eat before entering the arena
Ice Time Usage
  • Upon entering the ice surface, through the designated door marked “Enter” one at a time, skaters must maintain a minimum 2-meter distance for the duration of the skate from coaches and other participants
  • A maximum of twenty (20) skaters including coaches are to use the ice surface per rented hour. Failure to comply by this rule or distancing requirements can result in immediate removal from the facility and a non-refundable cancellation of that ice time.
Post skate – Exit Procedures
  • Upon completion of the ice time, skaters and coaches will exit the designated ice door, marked ‘EXIT’ and follow the designated arrows on the floor to the marked skate change area.
  • Skaters and coaches must continue to distance 2 meters at this point sitting in designated and marked skate untying areas.
  • Once skates are removed, skaters can exit the building by following the arrows to the designated exit door. IMPORTANT—Again, if your skater requires help in this regard, skates should be removed in the parking lot.
  • Individuals should then immediately leave the premises (no congregating in groups in the parking lot)
Completion of the Skate Ontario COVID Waiver

As per Skate Ontario regulations, all individuals participating in club skating must complete the Skate Ontario Acknowledgement, Release, Indemnity and Assumption of Risk regarding COVID-19 (“COVID-19 Waiver”). Failure to do so means that individual will not be permitted to participate in club skating activities.

Individuals included in COVID-19 Waivers include:

  • Skaters
  • Coaches
  • Staff
  • Board Members
  • Volunteers
  • Officials (These are kept in file with Skate Ontario)

A hard copy of the waiver must be provided to the coach as well as a copy sent to the Nepean Skating Club Office:  office@nepeanskatingclub.com

https://skateontario.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Skate-Ontario-Waiver-1.0.pdf

Completion of Health Questionnaire

Prior to arriving, parents of minor skaters must complete the questionnaire with their skater – if they answer “yes” to any of the questions the skater MAY NOT come to the arena to skate and parents should inform the COVID-19 Oversight committee.

The questionnaire will be repeated prior to entering the building. Please read through the questionnaire and be prepared to answer the questions accurately.

Daily-Health-Screening-Questionnaire-1.1.pdf

An Individual becomes unwell with symptoms of COVID-19

  • If an individual becomes unwell with symptoms of COVID-19, or if someone is aware of an individual that becomes unwell with symptoms of COVID-19, that individual must immediately stop participation in club or skating school activities.
  • The individual should be isolated from all others in a well-ventilated area, or outside and provided with a non-medical face mask if one is available
  • The individual shall be sent home and instructed to follow public health guidelines regarding self-isolation and testing
  • The facility should be informed in order to determine if any areas need to be closed off and/or require additional cleaning/disinfecting
  • A member of the COVID-19 Oversight Group should be informed of the situation and should contact the individual or their parent/guardian to determine if next steps are being taken regarding testing

NSC Additional Health & Safety Procedures:

  • If an individual has been required to self-isolate and test, then ALL skaters from their session and from the sessions that their coach was a part must be informed that they have been in contact with an individual who is being tested and the following must occur:
    • The coach that was in contact with their skater being tested must self-isolate for two weeks and follow protocol for “An Individual is tested for COVID-19”
    • All skaters that were on the same session and/or that came in contact with the coach that was on the same session as the identified individual must self-isolate for two weeks and follow protocol for “An Individual is tested for COVID-19”

An Individual is tested for COVID-19

  • Any individual that is part of a club or skating school that has been tested for COVID-19 must not participate in club or skating school activities while waiting for the results of the test
  • The club/skating school will consult the Session Participation tracking sheets to inform other club/skating school members who might have been in close contact with the individual – these individual must self-isolate for two weeks or until a diagnosis of COVID-19 is ruled out by health professionals
  • Any club/skating school members who were in close contact with the individual should not participate in club/skating school activities and should follow public health guidelines until the diagnosis of COVID-19 is ruled out by health professionals – these individual must self-isolate for two weeks or until a diagnosis of COVID-19 is ruled out by health professionals

An individual tests positive for COVID-19

As per Skate Ontario Return to Play Protocols and NSC Protocols:

  • If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, they should inform a member of the club/skating school COVID-19 Oversight Group
  • The COVID-19 Oversight Group will work where requested with the facility and public health officials to assist in contact tracing. The Session Participation tracking sheets may be used to assist public health officials in informing other club/skating school members who may have been in close contact with the individual
  • Any club/skating school members who were in close contact with the individual should not participate in club/skating school activities for 14 days and should follow public health guidelines regarding self-isolation and testing
  • It is recommended to also inform all club/skating school members of a positive COVID-19 result within the club/skating school setting – NSC shall not disclose the individual in question, but will inform members of the protocols that have been put in place for the safety of all members – this can be done through the COVID-19 Oversight committee.
  • The club/skating school should inform and work with the facility in the case of a positive COVID-19 result and determine if any additional cleaning/disinfecting should be performed as per the facility’s guidelines
  • The club/skating school will inform Skate Ontario of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis by e-mailing clubsupportservices@skateontario.org

Return to club/skating activities following illness

As per Skate Ontario Return to Play Protocols:

  • If no test was performed, or the COVID-19 test was negative, the individual may only return to club/skating school activities once they no longer have any symptoms of COVID-19

NSC Additional Protocols:

  • The individual can inform the COVID-19 Oversight committee that they have completed the required protocols and are ready to return to skating.
  • The committee will inform NSC and the individual will return to the skating schedule.
  • Any missed sessions due to COVID-19 self-isolation/testing requirements can be made up at future sessions, as per Club policy.

Return to club/skating activities following COVID-19

As per Skate Ontario Return to Play Protocols:

  • Following a positive COVID-19 test, an individual must follow all public health guidelines regarding return to activities.

NSC Additional Protocols:

  • Any additional skaters/coaches that came in contact with the individual that tested positive must follow all public health guidelines regarding return to activities

Modification/restriction/postponing or canceling of club/skating school activities

As per Skate Ontario Return to Play Protocols:

  • Based on the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the club/skating school must be prepared to follow public health, municipal/provincial government and sport recommendations regarding modifying/restricting/postponing or canceling activities

NSC Protocols:

  • The NSC will follow all recommendations of pubic health, municipal/provincial government and sport recommendations regarding modifying/restricting/postponing or canceling activities.
  • Any sessions that have identified a skater or coach with COVID-19 symptoms will:
    • Inform coaches/skaters that they have come in contact with a suspected COVID-19 individual and will need to follow public health guidelines, including self-isolation for two weeks
    • The sessions in question will be suspended until such time as those individuals have completed their required self-isolation for two weeks or until a diagnosis of COVID-19 is ruled out by health professionals

Public Health Guidelines

Public Health Ontario

As per Skate Ontario Return to Play Protocols:

Club and skating school members should follow all public health guidelines regarding COVID-19. These may include:

  • Any club/skating school members who themselves have travelled outside of Canada, or has someone in their household who has travelled outside Canada must self-isolate and not participate in club/skating school activities for 14 days
  • Any individual who has been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should self-isolate and is not permitted to participate in club/skating school activities for 14 days
  • Any individual with symptoms of COVID-19 is not permitted to take part in club or skating school activities
  • Any individual who has someone in their household showing symptoms of COVID-19, should not participate in club/skating school activities