Dear Silver Blades Skating Families,
To keep our community up-to-date with the latest developments, we have assembled all pertinent information related to COVID-19 under this separate tab for easy access.
Due to the fluidity of COVID-19, we will continue to update as new information is released and as further best practices for facilitating skating are developed.
Stay safe and we hope to see everyone back at the rink soon!
Silver Blades Skating Club
Skate Ontario Return to Play Protocols
On June 29, 2020, Skate Ontario updated the approved Return to Play protocols. To view the most recent version, please click here.
Please note the following updates to the document:
- New levels permitted on the ice - STAR 1-4 all disciplines, CanPowerSkate and SYS Beginner levels and higher
- Putting on skates - skaters should follow facility guidelines with respect to putting their skates on. They may put their skates on / remove skates outside of the arena respecting physical distancing protocols and remaining at least 2m apart. Skaters can use their own vehicles, outdoor benches or bring their chairs (i.e. camping chairs). Alternatively, skaters may put their skates on / remove skates using open areas of the arena while following physical distancing guidelines and remaining at least 2m apart.
- Off-ice classes - off-ice classes may be conducted within the facility following facility and physical distancing guidelines that require remaining 2m apart. Off-ice classes may be conducted outside the facility following all provincial guidelines re: physical distancing/social circles.
- Coaching positions - coaches and choreographers are recommended to coach from one spot on the ice or over the boards at rinkside. Coaches, choreographers and skaters must remain at least 2m apart from each other.
Due to the ongoing state of COVID-19 in the province, Skate Ontario has made the decision to cancel Sectional Series #3 - Kitchener -Waterloo, scheduled for September 24-27, 2020.
To stay up-to-date with the latest news from Skate Ontario, click here.
Skate Canada Return to Skating Guidelines
On May 11, 2020 Skate Canada lifted the suspension of Skate Canada activities, with limitations.
Although Skate Canada recognizes that there is no standard approach that applies to all clubs and schools, it has developed Return to Skating Guidelines that follow recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada. Please click here to view.
Since each province's reopening plan will differ, it is the responsibility of the section, club, skating school and coach to abide by the various requirements outlined by their governments.