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Update on Return to Hockey.....
Submitted By Jack Pixley on Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Last night June 2nd there was a Zoom meeting with OMHA president Bob Hill, Executive Director Ian Taylor and BD/Communications Matt Rhodes.  The meeting was to provide  associations with information and direction for next season in a question/answer format.  Meeting confirmed we are ALL still awaiting direction from the Ontario Government on how/when/if we will be able to proceed.  Thanks to OMHA for communicating what is happening behind the scenes.   




The biggest thing I took from the meeting was that even if the Ontario Government opens up social distancing and arenas are allowed to open we must still remember our facilities (like the FCA) will be under direction from ORFA (Ontario Recreation Facilities Association) on new systems/procedures in place that will take time to implement on their end to ensure their workers/facilities are SAFE and clean for us to proceed.  

Safety/Clean facilities will be an extremely important factor as fears of this pandemic coming back in a 2nd or 3rd wave (when we get through the first wave) and we don't want rush in and then cancel the season just as we are starting a new one.  This is something we must all keep in mind and remember that this process to get back to hockey will be Marathon and not a sprint.  Insurance is obviously a big factor as well. 
Increased labor and new cleaning/sanitation costs may/will ultimately have to be passed along to the end user as cities/townships incur these costs.  

Half boards/Equipment/Sweaters may no longer be able to be stored at arenas for liability purposes and who sanitizes them regularly? Are water stations removed? Is the canteen closed? Do you show up fully dressed to the arena and leave fully dressed? Do we have to wait for staff to sanitize dressing rooms and bleachers after every hour or game? Do we shake hands now before games? Do we run our own House League program this year at Frontenac 3 on 3 or 4 on 4? Will their be rep or what does it look like? We still don't know.

What we do know is registration is open and if you feel comfortable registering please do so.  As of June 1st we can no longer accept payments and will hold current payments in trust until further instructed.  We will be providing full refunds if season is cancelled or we will pro rate the season if cancelled/shortened at some point during the season.   OMHA is still planning on starting tryouts after Labour Day at this time. 

Good read from OFRA Website about 2 phases - Reentering and Reopening - along with a 7 step stage by stage program. 

https://orfa.com/resources/Documents_Public/gbp/ORFA%20Reentering%20and%20Reopening%20V1.0.pdf

Stay safe everyone and I hope to see you at the rink soon!
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