Finally, a glimpse of good news for the hockey community in Alberta.
Under Step 1 of the Government of Alberta’s “A Path Forward”, updates provided by the Government on Saturday, February 6 have provided some positive news for Hockey Alberta and our Members.
Children and youth are allowed to participate in limited team sport activities in Step 1, subject to certain mandatory restrictions as outlined on the Government’s A Path Forward webpage.
For Hockey’s Path Forward, effective Monday, February 8, practices are allowed for indoor and outdoor training. Please note, games are not allowed and the maximum number of participants is 10 (including coaches and trainers).
An indoor arena ice surface can be divided in half, and two groups of 10 can participate in on-ice activities at the same time. Each group and all participants in each group must maintain at least three metres physical distancing from each other at all times. Wherever possible, physical barriers should be used to divide the ice surface.
It is imperative that during Step 1 any organization or team hosting activities must be diligent in adhering to all public health requirements – including physical distancing and maximum participant limit requirements – outlined in the Public Health Order.
Full details are outlined in Information Bulletin 20-13, and Information Bulletin 20-14. There is also an FAQ document, and some suggestions on how to set up sessions on a split ice surface. This information will be posted to Hockey Alberta’s Return to Hockey webpage and updated regularly as required.