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Important information for the start of the 2021/22 Season
Submitted By Joanne Rey-Reiter on Friday, September 3, 2021
Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the start of the 2021 2022 hockey season.  Kindly read through this message as it will provide you with information and process to enter the AMHA facilities. 




The AMHA will have an online screening form that you will be required to fill out once you are on a rostered team.  During the development sessions, body checking clinics and tryouts,  we ask you to fill out the OHF_health-screening-questionnaire and bring it to the activity you will be participating in.  If the parent or guardian is staying to watch they must fill one out as well and bring it.  These forms are to be given to the Safety Ambassador at each event. Once teams are formed, a regular Safety Ambassador will be responsible for collecting this data and escorting players into the facility. 

Definition:
 Safety Ambassador is a person (staff or volunteer) designated by the permit holder for the purpose of managing all COVID health screening, contact tracing and other supervision requirements outlined in this document. 

It is imperative that all teams/players regard health and safety as the highest priority, as one person’s actions can negatively impact the health and wellness of other groups within the building. All teams/players are expected to follow regulations and direction set by Town staff. 

Due to numerous concerns with abusive and otherwise inappropriate behaviour during previous modified re-opening of the Town’s indoor recreation facilities, there will be a zero tolerance policy in effect. Any inappropriate or abusive behaviour toward staff, other facility visitors, or otherwise, will be addressed immediately and will result in suspension.    

The Town of Aurora expects all teams/players to meet the following criteria: 
1. Any person who enters or uses the facility maintains a physical distance of at least two metres from any other person who is using the facility, except where allowed in accordance with the Provincial Order; 

2. In support of the Region’s Medical Officer of Health’s instructions to businesses and organizations regarding Mandatory Use of Face Masks, the Town requires that all persons wear face masks/coverings while entering indoor Community Centres, especially in situations where physical distancing is not possible (i.e. Arena Dressing rooms);  The following are exempted from wearing masks or face coverings: The person is compromised by wearing a face covering because of a medical condition, the person is a child under two (2) years of age, the person is unable to place or remove a face covering without assistance or the person requires accommodation under the Ontario Human Rights Code. A doctor's note must be on hand if exempt.  

3. Face masks and coverings may be removed temporarily for the following purposes: the person is consuming food or drink, the person is required to remove the face mask or covering for any emergency or medical purpose, the person is actively engaging in an athletic or fitness activity including water-based activities; 

4. Teams/players will enter and exit the facility as directed by the Town; 

5. In an effort to promote physical distancing of all facility users in Community Centres, all players must arrive at the facility no earlier than 30 minutes prior to start of the permitted time, and must vacate the facility no later than 25 minutes after the end of the permitted time; 

6. A maximum of one (1) parent/guardian is allowed to enter the facility with each participant associated with the permit issued for that time:           
a. The parent/guardian must remain in the designated seating area at all times, except for the following: 
i. To accompany the participant to the dressing room to assist with putting on equipment/skates where necessary; 
ii. To accompany the participant to use the washroom where necessary; 
iii. To assist the participant with the removal of equipment/skates where necessary;
iv. To use the washroom themselves.              

b. The parent/guardian must immediately return to the designated seating area;              
c. All parents/guardians must be included in the screening and contact tracing procedures by the Safety   Ambassador in accordance with the Provincial Order.

7. Safety Ambassadors are required to report to the Town staff person and identify themselves as the Safety Ambassador upon entry to the building, and must confirm with Town staff that they have conducted contact tracing and verified COVID screening for all persons who enter the facility in association with that permit;               a. No person associated with the AMHA shall be allowed to enter the building unless the Safety Ambassador has verified/conducted the screening and contact tracing;               
b. The Safety Ambassador may conduct the screening and contact tracing indoors or outdoors, but must enter with the group to provide verification to Town staff;               
c. The Safety Ambassador must follow the direction of Town staff, which may include relocating to another specified location to conduct screening and contact tracing;               
d. Once the Safety Ambassador is no longer available at the entrance, no further entry will be allowed for anyone associated with the AMHA for that ice time.  

Please be advised, that players are asked to fill up their water bottle prior to arriving at the facility. Water bottle refilling stations will be operational, however, the water fountains are not in service.

Warm up is not allowed within the facility, however space outside the facility can be used if physical distancing is followed. 

Washrooms and showers inside dressing rooms are now operational. 

Masks must be worn inside the dressing rooms at all times. 

All entry and exit to the facility will be through the main building entrance, unless otherwise directed please follow the exit paths set out in each facility. Players are asked to remain in the designated dressing rooms until they are to go onto the ice.

Aurora Community Centre, McAlpine Ford Arena:
1. All entry and re-entry into the building must be through the main entrance only; and 
2. Sport Groups are recommended to not leave any personal belongings in the Dressing room as it will remain unlocked during permitted use. 

Aurora Community Centre, McAlpine Lincoln Arena: 
1. All entry and re-entry to the building must be through the main entrance only; and 
2. Sport Clubs are recommended to not leave any personal belongings in the Dressing room as it will remain unlocked during permitted use. 

Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex, Pfaff Arena: 
1. The main entrance must always be used as the only entrance.; and 
2. Sport Groups and Arena users need to bring their own personal padlock if they wish to secure the belongings in the Dressing room. 

Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex, Aurora Toyota Arena: 
1. The main entrance must always be used as the only entrance; 
2. All re-entry into the building must be through the main entrance only; and 
3. Sport Clubs and Arena users need to bring their own personal padlock if they wish to secure the belongings in the Dressing room. 

Aurora Family Leisure Complex, Judy Sherin Memorial Arena:
 
1. All entry and re-entry into the building must be through the main entrance only; and 
2. Sport Groups and Arena users need to bring their own personal padlock if they wish to secure the belongings in the Dressing room.   

If you have any questions or concerns  please don't hesitate to contact me.  

Joe Bentolila
President
Aurora Minor Hockey Association

If you would like to be a Safety Ambassador please email us.

Corby Saltzman, VP AA/A [email protected]
Holly Windle, VP AE/Select [email protected]
Kristy Donahoe, VP House League [email protected]
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