Yesterday, Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC's Provincial Health Officer announced new COVID-19 Provincial Health Orders for sport in the Province of BC.
As the official Provincial Health Order has not yet been published by the Province of BC and with clarification yet to come, as of now it has been recommended to stay status quo, keeping in mind a level of diligence of mandatory mask wearing inside public spaces and sanitizing.
Skaters may continue to train in their normal training environments unless the facility has other guidelines.
Masks are to be worn in all public places except for while on the ice. They are to be worn in all other spaces in the facility. Masks are to be removed when stepping on the ice and immediately put back on when stepping off the ice.
"Guards off, Mask off. Mask On, Guards on."
The following Figure Skating activities at clubs/skating schools/arenas in the Province of BC are suspended, until further clarification:
- No spectators in attendance. This includes the Canskate program.
- Synchro Teams practicing with contact. Synchro Teams may continue to practice but with no contact until further notice.
- Dance partnering/Pair Skating except for Novice, Junior and Senior Competitive Ice Dance/Pair Teams.
- Monitoring/Simulation sessions with an official in attendance. Simulations may occur at clubs with no official present.
Please note that this may change at anytime.
We have received many inquiries regarding Canskate. The recommendation for clubs running Canskate, is that parents would drop off the skaters with skates and helmets on at the entrance to the facility. Coaches and/or volunteers would take the skaters to and from the ice. Parents should be nearby with a cell phone in case of an emergency. Alternatively, clubs/skating schools may also decide to suspend Canskate programming until spectators are allowed back into facilities.
It is imperative that clubs and coaches ensure that all other Figure Skating activities are taking place with all participants physically distancing. If the club and/or facility is concerned that the program cannot occur properly with participants physically distancing, it is up to the club and/or facility to decide if these programs should continue at this time.This continues to be critical for our clubs to continue to operate.
We are working to determine what the new restrictions mean for the 2021 BC/YK Sectional Championships being held December 10-13, 2020. Once the official order has been released by the Province of BC, we will send out a communication to everyone with the plan of execution for the event.
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