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Entry to Facilities
Submitted By Joanne Rey-Reiter on Friday, October 29, 2021
Hello everyone,

I'd like to start off by thanking all those who acted as a Safety Ambassadors for their team the past several weeks.  Your assistance in that role was greatly appreciated.

We are implementing a number of changes to help improve facility entry procedures and to return our recreation centres to a more normal experience.  Please note the following changes and please share these changes with all staff, volunteers, participants, parents and other visitors. 

Screening, contact tracing and proof of vaccination:

Effective Saturday, October 30th, Town staff and security personnel will assume all responsibility for managing COVID health screening, contact tracing and verification of vaccination status for all visitors to the recreation centres.  As a result, permit holders will no longer need to provide Safety Ambassadors.  Some groups have expressed a desire to continue using Safety Ambassadors, and any group wishing to do so may continue.  Please ensure your Safety Ambassadors continue to check-in and coordinate with Town staff

Please remember that COVID health screening, contact tracing and proof of vaccination are still required in accordance with provincial legislation, and must be conducted on every visit.

Visitors are encouraged to arrive at the facilities already prepared for entry.  

  • Prior to arrival, please use your mobile device to access the Town’s website or use this link aurora.ca/covid
  • Complete the screening questionnaire which has now been updated to enable up to five people to be screened with one questionnaire
  • “Minimize”, but do not close the screen so that you can then show that you’ve completed the screening upon arrival
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  • If you cannot complete this prior to arrival, please scan the posted QR code at the main entrance and complete the screening
  • Please also have your government issued ID ready and provincially issued proof of vaccination QR code uploaded to your phone so that staff can quickly scan the code and verify that you are fully vaccinated

 

Following these steps in advance of entering the building will help ensure a smooth and brief entry experience.

 

In-and-out privileges:

In order to provide spectators and anyone else the ability to leave the building and then re-enter without having to be screened a second time, effective immediately we have implemented a wrist-band procedure.  Simply obtain a wrist-band upon entry or before you exit the building.  Then you can simply show your wrist-band to staff/security upon re-entry and no additional screening will be required. 

 

NOTE: Wrist-bands must be put on your wrist prior to leaving the building.  Wrist-bands will not be allowed to be carried out of the building.  They must be worn.


Additional changes:

In an effort to return our facilities as closely to pre-COVID conditions as possible, the following additional changes are being enacted:

Effective immediately:

  • There are no capacity limits anywhere in the rec centres, other than normal Fire Code capacity maximums
  • All visitors may move freely throughout the centres just as they did pre-COVID
  • All dressing room usage is 30 minutes prior to event start time.
  • Physical distancing is no longer required
  • Arena warm-up routines return to normal pre-COVID rules
  • Visitors are allowed to use the lobby seating areas and furniture is being returned to the lobbies
  • Pro Shops are open on limited hours.  Hours of operation are posted at the Pro Shops

Effective Monday, November 1st:

  • Vending machines will be operational
  • Snack bars will re-open

Remaining COVID restrictions:

  • Visitors are asked to keep the main entrance areas clear to help facilitate simplified entry procedures
  • Active screening and contact tracing is still required by law
  • All persons age 12 and over, must be fully vaccinated in order to enter the buildings
    • Fully vaccinated is defined as having received two doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine, and have received the second dose a minimum of 14 days prior to the date of entry to the facility
  • Masks must be worn at all times except when actively consuming food or beverages
    • Removing your mask while holding food or beverages is not allowed
    • You must be actively consuming the food or beverage, otherwise your mask must be put back on

 

We also ask for your understanding as their may be some hiccups during the transition to these new procedures.  We ask for your continued patience and understanding and we appreciate the support you’ve shown throughout this very challenging time.

Please also be reminded that our Zero Tolerance policy remains in effect regarding any aggressive or abusive behaviour toward staff, volunteers or other visitors to the facility.  Anyone behaving in an inappropriate manner will be asked to leave immediately.

 
 
Joe Bentolila
President
Aurora Minor Hockey Association 
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