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Covid Policies & Procedures
COVID POLICIES & PROCEDURES
This season will look different in many ways due to the on-going risk associated with the Covid-19 virus. Even though our rink is ideal because it is an outdoor, open space rink, we are still taking conservative precautions to ensure our participants remain safe and our rink remains operational. To keep the rink’s doors open for the whole season, we ALL need to work together. We appreciate your strict compliance with our policies. The following are based on USA Hockey, IAHA and our local governmental agencies’ recommendations and requirements. Please note new changes due to the November 13th move by State and local authorities to Stage 2/Critical:
REGISTRATION CAPACITY: We will be limiting each program to 30 on ice participants at a time. This number of skaters, allows teams to practice in small and safe group sizes, and allows enough space for social distancing within the facility. We will be utilizing a waitlist and assessing our ability to accommodate additional participants on a case by case basis. We are also implementing a “Player bench capacity”. Only 10 skaters will be allowed on their bench at one time. Please contact your program coordinator or coach with questions pertaining to your specific program.
PROGRAM TIMES: Sessions this year will be slightly shortened to allow additional time between programs to avoid overlap of participants entering/exiting the premises. We will also be sanitizing high touch surface areas and benches between each program. Programs will run 50 minutes, with 25 minutes between each program for ice cuts, cleaning, and participant turn-over. To avoid waiting outside in the cold, please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to the start time of your program. The building needs to be clear of the prior group and cleaned before the next session’s participants can enter the building.
PROGRAM ALTERATIONS DURING CRITICAL STAGE (11/19/20): We will reopen our doors on Thursday morning, November 19th for regularly scheduled programming beginning at 6am with Youth Hockey practice. The only deviation from our standard schedule will be a suspension of all public skate sessions, while the risk of community spread remains in the critical phase and until further notice. Our public sessions include Open Skate, Adult Pickup Hockey and Kid’s Stick n’Puck. We will be allowing private rentals, however, a roster with contact information must be provided for contact tracing, and there will be a 20-person group limit. Call or email the rink (firstname.lastname@example.org) for reservations and to receive the Rules & Regulations.
LOCKER ROOM POLICY: To begin the season, we will not be providing locker room access. We ask that players arrive fully dressed. We will provide benches in open air space, with distanced markings to put skates and helmets on. There will be a very limited space for personal belongings, so we ask that you leave hockey bags, etc in your vehicle.
SPECTATORS: To begin the season, there will be no spectators allowed. As the season progresses, and before every tournament we will evaluate the risk of limited spectators during practices and in tournament/game settings. Our spectator policy will always be in line with Teton County and EIPH regulations and recommendations. One parent per household will be allowed into the rink, to help skaters 8 years and under on and off the ice, for Youth Learn to Skate, Mini-mites, and Mites programs only. Please respect 6’ social distance recommendations.
COVID WAIVER: A new addition to our standard waiver this year, is wording specific to the risk of contraction of Covid-19. This waiver acknowledges that, while we are taking extreme measures to provide a safe environment, we are not liable should anyone test positive for SARS-CoV-2. Everyone who takes part in any program or tournament, will be required to sign the updated waiver.
FACE COVERINGS REQUIRED: Face masks will be required for all participants and non-participants who enter the Kotler Ice Arena. Coaches are required to wear masks on and off the ice when not participating in cardio activities. Players are required to wear face masks until they are on the ice. Non-participants are required to wear face masks the entire time they are on facility grounds. If you do not adhere to our face mask policy, you will be asked to move to the parking lot. Coaching staff will wear masks during all non-cardio activities on the ice.
RESTROOMS & INDOOR SPACES:Our restrooms will be accessible, but our indoor warming hut will be closed to the public. This means congregating and spectating within the warming hut is prohibited. The warming hut should only be entered to use the restroom and promptly exited after doing so. Rest rooms, community spaces and high touch areas such as door handles, will be sanitized prior to the first program, between every program, and before closing after the last program. Our water fountain will not be operational this season, so please bring all the water you will need with you.
PROSHOP: Our pro shop will remain open and will be accessible through a new service window that faces the open air space in the rink. If you need to pay for programs, purchase items, or ask questions, please use the outdoor window instead of coming inside. We will not be serving through the indoor window at this time.
ILLNESS: If you experience ANY Covid-19 symptoms, tested positive within two weeks of program date, had direct contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19, or were prohibited from attending school or work due to Covid-19 protocols, please do not participate in programming, and do not return to practice or participate in any programing until symptoms have cleared, or you have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2.
POSITIVE TESTS: Should you test positive for Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) and were possibly contagious when you attended a program, please contact us by emailing Miranda@tetonvalleyfoundation.org. In this email, please include the date you first experienced symptoms, the date you tested positive, and all Kotler Ice Arena programs (dates and times) you participated in within the last two weeks. All the information you share including your results and personal information will be kept confidential. The only thing that will be shared with anyone else, will only be done so for contact tracing purposes, and will never contain personal information such as names.
CONTACT TRACING: We will be keeping records of who attends all of our programs, both public (open skate, pick-up hockey, and Kid’s stick and puck), and private (programs that require registration). This information will only be used for contact tracing purposes, and no personal information will be shared within our organization or with any third parties.
COVID SPECIFIC REFUNDS: If we need to suspend a program (either temporarily or permanently) due to risk of exposure to Covid-19, we will be refunding participants at a “per week” rate. This means you will be refunded for the weeks we were not able to operate your program due to Covid-19. This refund policy only applies to situations that WE need to interrupt programming. You will not be refunded for not attending a program, for any reason, if the program is not cancelled.
Please remember, your decisions directly affect your teammates’, community members’, and all rink skaters’ safety and ability to experience a full season. We are all in this together, and we at Kotler Ice Arena are doing our part to keep our facility and programming safe for the community we love to serve!