Return to Play for Figure Skating Guidelines & Safety Plan
Nelson Skating Club
December 6, 2020
In Coordination with the Skate Canada and ViaSport recommendations for Return to Skating the Nelson Skating Club has developed the Return to Skating Guidelines and Safety Plan. The guidelines follow recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure all participants feel safe while participating in skating activities. The Nelson Skating Club is committed to working with the RDCK and following their guidelines to provide a safe return to skating environment in the NDCC and the Civic arenas. By working together and going the extra mile, as an organization, governing bodies, facilities, and community members, we can make a difference.
The Nelson Skating Club will review and update the Return to Play for Figure Skating Guidelines and Safety Plan monthly as well as when guidelines are changed by Skate Canada, Skate BC, ViaSport and the RDCK.
NELSON SKATING CLUB
RETURN TO PLAY GUIDELINES & RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FIGURE SKATERS
If you wish to skate, make sure that you follow the below recommendations:
BEFORE YOU SKATE
- Make sure that you have read, fully understand, and completed the Assumption of Risk Waiver (Appendix A)
- Arrive at the entrance 15 minutes before your session time to be allowed in.
- Follow all directions given by the Arena Attendant
- Non-medical masks are required to enter the facility and are required in all common public areas including dressing rooms and hallways.
- Hand sanitizer must be used when entering the arena.
- No Spectators, including Parents or Guardians will be allowed entry to the arena.
- Late arrivals and re-entry to the arena will not be permitted.
- Do not skate if you:
- Exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms, such as a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or other symptoms identified by health experts.
- of you or someone in your household has been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
- If you or someone in your household has travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days.
- It is highly recommended that if you are a person who has been identified as vulnerable or at risk, as described below, you should consider not participating in Nelson Skating Club Programs or figure skating related activities. It may be defined that a vulnerable or at-risk person is:
- A vulnerable or at-risk person (especially elderly individuals), who are immunosuppressed, individuals suffering from serious health problems, notably high blood pressure, pulmonary diseases, diabetes, obesity, and asthma.
- Skaters, coaches, and volunteers will have a daily verbal screening by the designated Arena Attendant for symptoms upon arrival at the entrance of the facility (Appendix B).
- Make sure there is availability on your desired session. Numbers will be limited to the following:
- NO more than 20 people (or as advised by the facility), including coaches, allowed on or near the ice at any one time.
- In accordance with Skate Canada regulations, there MUST be 1 Skate Canada certified coach included in your group of 20. As well, please keep in mind that all physical distancing restrictions apply to Pairs, Dance and Synchronized skaters.
- All session registration and payments must be online. No bookings or payments in person at the facility. Drop in/buy on participation is not allowed.
PREPARING TO SKATE
- Arrive no earlier than your scheduled time to enter the building. Arrival time will be 15 minutes before your scheduled session.
- Dressing rooms have a posted maximum capacity and designated spots for participants.
Skaters and coaches should be prepared to come dressed to skate with only the skates to be put on.
- If Changerooms are unavailable participants will put their skates on in a designated area maintaining social distancing at all times.
- To protect yourself against infections:
- Wash your hands with disinfectant soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds before going on the ice for each session.
- Bring hand sanitizer. Each participant must bring their own hand sanitizer.
- Clean your equipment, including your skates, clothing, and water bottles regularly.
- Do not share any equipment (water bottles, clothing, gloves, facial tissue, towels) with other skaters or coaches.
- Used Facial Tissues must be put into the garbage can immediately after use. Use hand sanitizer immediately after blowing your nose.
- Wear clean clothes and gloves for each day of training. Make sure used clothing and gloves are washed immediately when you return home from training.
- Make sure you have enough water before leaving the house to avoid having to touch a tap or water fountain handle.
- Other than reusable water bottles, no other food or drink should be brought into a facility.
- Consider wearing a mask and/or gloves while skating.
- If you cough or sneeze, do so in a tissue or in your sleeve. If you use a tissue immediately dispose of the tissue in a garbage can. Use hand sanitizer immediately after coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching door handles, gates, benches, and all other objects where the virus could survive. If you touch something, make sure to use hand sanitizer immediately after.
- While waiting to go on the ice, stand at the designated physical distancing markers and stay away from others. Avoid putting equipment on the boards while waiting to go on the ice.
- Avoid all physical contact, for example shaking hands, high fiving, or hugging, with other skaters and coaches.
- Avoid touching your face during your skating session. Should you need to touch your face you must use hand sanitizer immediately after.
- Make spatial awareness a priority. Always keep a 3 meter distance from other skaters and coaches while on the ice.
- Do not touch any equipment, including music playing equipment. One designated person will operate all equipment for all skaters.
- Skaters who do not live together, must not touch each other, and always stay 3 meters apart
- A maximum of 5 individuals on each bench at all times.
- Wash your hands carefully with hot water and disinfectant soap or with hand sanitizer.
- Leave the arena immediately (within approximately 15 minutes) after you finish skating.
NELSON SKATING CLUB
RETURN TO PLAY GUIDELINES FOR NELSON SKATING CLUB ADMINISTRATORS, COACHES AND FACILITIES
There are necessary protocols that SHOULD be followed before organizing Nelson Skating Club programming and skating activities. Please note that the Regional District Central Kootenay, the Nelson and District Community Center, Civic Arena and Government of British Columbia may have protocols that exceed or are looser than those set out below. The Nelson Skating Club will follow all guidelines and policies put out by the RDCK and the facilities along with those of our governing bodies and the province.
ORGANIZING SKATING IN THE FACILITY
- The activity must always comply with the physical distancing, cleaning and sanitizing measures and recommendations issued by federal, provincial, and municipal government authorities, including the arrival, time spent on site and departure of skaters.
- Limit programming to those skaters who have already completed Stage 1 at this time. Skaters must be able to get up on their own and not need physical assistance while skating.
- Adult Group Programs are on Pause until allowed by the PHO, RDCK, ViaSport and Skate Canada.
- Session numbers will be limited to the following:
- No more than 20 people or as defined by the facility, including coaches, allowed on or near the ice at any one time
- In accordance with Skate Canada regulations, there MUST be 1 Skate Canada certified coach or choreographer included in your group of 20. Please keep in mind that all physical distancing restrictions apply to Pair, Dance and Synchronized Skaters.
- Limit your activities to practice and private lessons or lessons with small groups. If lessons with small groups occur, physical distancing measures of 3 meters must be followed.
- Skaters, coaches, volunteers, and program staff may not participate if they:
- Exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms, such as a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or other symptoms identified by health experts.
- If they or someone in their household has been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
- If they or someone in their household has travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days.
- Skaters, coaches, volunteers, and program staff must have a daily verbal screening for symptoms upon arrival at the entrance of the facility done by the Designated Arena Attendant assigned by the club.
- The Designated Arena Attendant will be knowledgeable and have a copy of both the Nelson Skating Club Safety Plan and the RDCK Nelson & District Community Complex COVID 19 Arena Site Safety Plan. They will:
- be assigned to supervise all programs assigned to that day thus limiting the number of individuals entering the facility.
- meet with the facility staff 30 minutes prior to the ice session outside the assigned door.
- stay at the doors and monitor who has access allowing the coaches, participants, and volunteers in 15 minutes prior to the session.
- ensure that each participant has a signed Assumption of Risk Waiver received by the club and that the name and contact information is recorded for everyone.
- ensure everyone who enters is wearing a non-medical mask
- do a health screening checklist with all coaches, volunteers and participants. If they have symptoms, they will be refused entry.
- direct individuals to follow the traffic flow pattern to where they are getting ready.
- direct individuals out of the arena within 15 minutes of the ice session ending.
- If dressing rooms are used physical distancing must be maintained with designated spots for skaters. Transitions from the dressing room to the ice will be monitored by the Designated Arena Attendant. The doors to the dressing rooms must be propped open.
- All session registration and payments must be online. No bookings or payments in person at the facility. Drop in/buy on participation is not permitted.
- When registering Members must acknowledge that they have read the safety plan guidelines for participants and parents.
- Scheduling is to include on ice sessions, time (approximately 15 minutes before) each session group can enter the building and time (approximately 15 minutes after) each session group is to leave the building.
- Communicate all hygiene measures in advance to all your clients.
- Return to Play Plans will be communicated to all skaters, coaches, volunteers, and parents ahead of time. The Return to Play Plans will be posted on club website and at the facility.
- Provide your employees/coaches with masks, gloves and all other protective items and ensure that each member of your staff washes their hands regularly.
- Keep a record of all skaters and coaches on each session, so that you can contact them if needed, for example, if an infected person should use your facility. Please see Appendix C for the record sheet template to complete every day for each session.
- Email the NDCC the Attendance List to the NDCC within 24 hours of the booking NelCovidList@rdck.bc.ca
- All skaters, parents, coaches, and volunteers must give written consent by signing and submitting a completed Assumption of Risk prior to any participation. It is the responsibility of the Nelson Skating Club to ensure these waivers are completed, collected, and stored appropriately.
- Clear markings for skaters to follow should be in the following areas.
- Where they put their skates on.
- Where they stand prior to going on the ice.
- Where on the boards they are to put their personal equipment (guards, water bottles etc.)
- Clear signage must be posted throughout the facility showing COVID-19 Protection, hand washing, physical distancing etc.
PROVIDE A CLEAN AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT
The Nelson Skating Club and RDCK must have operational security procedures in place during the crisis related to COVID-19. These procedures must also be well displayed and communicated to all users.
- Will follow all Traffic Patterns and Practice Social Distancing in all areas of the facility
- Enter through the Festival Doors following traffic patterns and exit the Arena following traffic patterns to the Festival Door
- Separate entrance and exit onto/out of ice surface.
- All belongings must be left at your designated space during your ice session
Doors to the ice surface must be closed during skating sessions. Designate one coach who will be responsible for opening and closing the doors to the ice surface.
- Personal protective equipment for on ice coaches and skaters (such as masks) should be optional if it does not obstruct or inhibit skating ability.
- Only 1 person operating the music system. Keep sanitizing wipes next to the music player and affiliated equipment. If off ice volunteer is operating the music, they should be supplied with a mask and gloves. Also, if an off-ice volunteer is operating the music system, they do not count towards the maximum of 20 people allowed on or near the ice.
- Soap or hand sanitizer must be made available to all clients in various locations throughout the facility. It is strongly encouraged that skaters and coaches bring their own hand sanitizer.
- Regularly remind and encourage clients to wash their hands and adopt proper hygiene practices. Skaters and coaches must wash hands prior to going on the ice for each session.
- Used facial tissue must go directly into the garbage can after use. No used tissues allowed on the rink boards.
PRACTICE PHYSICAL DISTANCING
- Require skaters to respect physical distancing of 3 meters, recommended by government authorities.
- Ask skaters to remain 3 meters from all other skaters and coaches on the ice.
- Put in place measures to limit physical contact between all on ice participants.
- No Spectators, parents or guardians are allowed in the facility at this time.
- If first aid is required to be administered during an activity, all persons attending to the injured individual must first put on a mask and gloves.
- A first aid kit, along with extra gloves and masks, should be kept by the ice during all on ice club activity.
- All coaches will be given a copy of the Nelson Skating Club Return to Play for Figure Skating Guidelines and Safety Plan as well as the RDCK – Nelson and District Community Complex COVID 19 Arena Site Safety Plan.
- Coaches to practice physical distancing from skaters, volunteers, parents, and other coaches on and off the ice.
- Any equipment used on the ice must be disinfected before and immediately after each session.
- Only designated persons may set up equipment. Only 1 person should be operating equipment.
- To use the harness skater must be able to, without help, get in, tighten, and get out of harness
- It is recommended that the harness operator should wear a mask and gloves
- Skater must disinfect equipment they have touched
- Keep harness portion of lesson under 15 minutes
- Divide coaches and skaters into “training groups,” if ice time can accommodate.
- Number and assign each coach a designated area along the boards where they should stand to teach private lessons.
- Limit coach/skater contact; coaches should not physically help students up unless the student is unable to get up. Coaches should use verbal cues when instructing students rather than physical contact.
- Lesson plans should be communicated over email, text or by phone. Avoid meeting in person if possible.
- If the stay at home orders are enforced and the Nelson Skating Club is unable to run programming pro-rated refunds will be given.
- Daily attendance logs will be used to track who is participating so that they may be contacted in the event of an outbreak. These will be mailed to the NDCC within 24 hours of the session NelCovidList@rdck.bc.ca
- Should an individual exhibit a symptom during a session they will be asked to leave and contact their health professional or call 811 to discuss their symptoms.
- Consult local health authorities should an outbreak happen in your facility.
- If a participant has been tested positive immediately let the RDCK know.
- Identify a contact person to receive reports from skaters/families/staff of new illness.
- Update your club’s Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and have available board/rink side or with your designated onsite emergency person.
COMMUNICATE EARLY & OFTEN
- Club administrators and coaches have the authority to ask skaters, members, volunteers, parents, coaches, etc. to leave if they are not following the above outlined protocols, and those of your local facilities.
- Email skaters and their families with your facility/club/skating school’s new policies and procedures.
- Ensure the Arena Attendant, Coaches and Club Members are informed should restrictions be changed.
- Coaches will provide their preferred method of communicating with parents (email, text, lesson plan notes, etc.)
- The Nelson Skating Club will appoint a COVID-19 person to communicate with rink management and monitor local, provincial, and national developments.
Access to the NDCC Storage area under the bleachers used by the Nelson Skating Club will be limited to the Club President and Coaches with no more than 2 individuals in the room at a time. There will be no access granted to Skater’s, Parents or Guardians. The area will primarily be used to store program materials and equipment. Coaches will store their personal items and put on their skates.
NELSON SKATING CLUB COVID SAFETY PLAN REPRESENTATIVE
Nelson Skating Club President
PO Box 345
APPENDIX A: Assumption of Risk and Waiver
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
- ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF INHERENT RISK
I understand that participation in skating, figure skating, and any other sporting activities listed in the enclosed appendix (hereinafter the “Sports Activity”) is voluntary, and involves inherent risk during participation, including the risk of possible accidents, physical injury, or exposure to the COVID-19 virus or other infections or infectious diseases as a result of attending training, club events or competitive events. I freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers, and hazards, including but not limited to personal injury, disease transmission, death, property damage or loss, resulting from my participation. I have carefully considered the risks involved, and I have full confidence that reasonable precautions will be taken to ensure the safety and well-being of myself (or my son/daughter/ward).
I do for myself (or my child), and our respective heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns, hereby waive, release, and forever discharge Skate Canada and/or Skate Canada BC/YK Section, all Regions of Skate Canada BC/YK Section, Nelson Skating Club, their officers, partners, agents, employees, servants, representatives, volunteers, coaches, officials, successors and assigns (the “Representatives”) of and from any actions, causes of action, complaints, demands and claims or any recourse whatsoever (“Claims”) that I have or may have in the future in any way connected with my (or my child’s) participation in the Sports Activity contemplated herein, whether in law or in equity, in respect of personal injury, illness or disease transmission, loss of life, or property damage of any kind or nature, and I do hereby discharge the Representatives from any such liability. This includes negligence, breach of contract or breach of any statutory or other duty of care.
I further agree to fully indemnify and defend Skate Canada and/or Skate Canada BC/YK Section, all Regions of Skate Canada BC/YK Section, Nelson Skating Club, and any of their Representatives from and against any and all Claims brought against Skate Canada and/or Skate Canada BC/YK Section, all Regions of Skate Canada BC/YK Section, Nelson Skating Club and any of their Representatives, including all related costs and expenses, and against any loss, costs, damages, or expenses which Skate Canada and/or Skate Canada BC/YK Section, all Regions of Skate Canada BC/YK Section, Nelson Skating Club and any of their Representatives may sustain, suffer, incur, or be liable for resulting from, arising from, or in any way related to my (or my son/daughter/ward’s) participation in the Sports Activity. I also agree and undertake not to make any claim or take any proceedings against the Representatives set out above, or any other person or corporation which might claim contribution or indemnity under the provisions of any statute or otherwise from the Representatives set out above.
The provisions of this Assumption of Risk and Waiver shall be deemed severable and if any provision or portion thereof is held invalid, illegal or unenforceable for any reason, the remainder shall not thereby be invalidated, but shall remain in full force and effect.
Acknowledgement: I am aware of the nature and effect of this Assumption of Risk and Waiver and I fully understand all of the terms and conditions above. I understand that I have given up substantial rights by signing this Assumption of Risk and Waiver and I am signing it freely and voluntarily without inducement.
Parent/Guardian: I certify that I am the parent or legal guardian of the participant named below and that I am entitled to his or her custody and control. I understand the aforesaid inherent risks that could arise from these activities, I grant permission for my son/daughter/ward to participate in the Sports Activity and other activities incidental thereto and I execute this Assumption of Risk and Waiver on behalf of myself and my son/daughter/ward.
Participant’s Name: ______________________________ Date of Birth (D/M/Y): ____ /____ /____
Participant’s Signature: _____________________________
*All participants must sign this form regardless of age of the participant*
Parent/Guardian Name(s): _____________________________ / ______________________________
Parent/Guardian Signature(s): ____________________________ / ____________________________
Date (D/M/Y): ____ /____ /____
*Parent/Guardian must also sign if participant is under the age of 19*