Hockey Edmonton and our member associations welcome Edmonton City Council’s motion to introduce masking at public facilities as of Friday, September 3, 2021. The Hockey Edmonton Executive was passing a similar motion, at almost the same time, which aligns with Council’s move but also clarifies some hockey-specific areas such as masking for coaches and travel and play outside Edmonton.
Hockey Edmonton is now requiring players, coaches, officials and volunteers who participate in Hockey Edmonton programs to wear masks in arenas inside and outside of Edmonton also as of this Friday. Masks also need to be worn during all group activities where social distancing cannot be maintained, including onboard a bus, if one is being used for out of town travel.
As we have previously communicated, we also strongly encourage all those eligible to be double vaccinated, if they haven’t already done so. We are also encouraging social distancing wherever possible, as well as proper hygiene practices, such as washing hands before and after activities. It is critical you stay away from team activities if you are not feeling well.
We thank you in advance for your support and are hopeful these requirements and recommendations will enable us to keep the kids on the ice for a safe and uninterrupted 2021/22 season.
The following requirements are for Hockey Edmonton players, coaches, officials and volunteers in any arena/recreational facility inside or outside Edmonton:
Since these measures were introduced, Hockey Alberta came out with a bulleting which aligns with these steps. In some instances, Hockey Edmonton measures go a step further and those are the steps that must be followed by our members. All these requirements and recommendations are in effect regardless of vaccination status.
Hockey Edmonton, like all the other organizations, want to ensure we put the safety of people at the forefront. Again, we thank everyone for their commitment following these measures and helping ensure the health and well-being of each other.
Hockey Alberta Bulletin: https://bit.ly/3DVjLki
City of Edmonton Bylaw Information: https://bit.ly/2WAVsY3