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Arena Facility Guidelines

For general workplace guidelines, please refer to COVID-19 Workplace Information. Operators of arenas and recreation facilities (multiplexes, rinks, etc.) in Saskatchewan must be in compliance with these guidelines. The public health order prohibits team sporting activities, but continues to permit individual conditioning and training (18 years and younger) with indoor mask use (excluding aquatics) and three metres of physical distancing.

  • Organizations that use arenas for their activities will work with member associations, facilities and local municipalities to ensure the necessary public health measures are taking place at facilities.
  • The COVID representative for each organization/association/league will be the primary liaison with the local municipality for COVID-19 health and safety matters at each facility.
  • Facility operators are responsible for implementing measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
  • Each facility must establish a plan to ensure two metres of physical distancing and minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission between attendees – inside and outside the facility.

1. General Operation

  • Designate one or more people to be responsible for ensuring compliance with these guidelines. This should not be someone engaged in other critical duties (e.g. referee, cashier).
  • Staff and participants should be given information on physical distancing and other requirements prior to attending. Staff must proactively manage gatherings.
  • Attendees are expected to limit their time spent in the facility, and leave promptly following their event. Attendees must maintain two metres of physical distancing when returning to their vehicles or homes.
  • Physical distancing of two metres must be accommodated and maintained in all areas of the facility, including washrooms, concourses, lobbies, smoking areas, etc.
  • Limit the duration of the event. Organizers should provide attendees a suitable timeframe for arrival and ensure crowds/line-ups are minimized. Attendees should leave immediately following the event/gathering to discourage gathering in common areas.
  • Ticket sales should be completed online whenever possible; however, if in-person ticket sales are required, physical distancing and sanitizing of common touch items between customers is required.
  • Contactless payment is preferred; however, cash may be accepted where necessary.
  • Contactless fundraising activities are permitted.
    • Program sales, 50/50 tickets sales, etc. should be managed in a way that will ensure physical distancing. The cleaning and disinfecting of common-touch items must take place between customers.
  • Static displays are permitted, but interactive displays are not allowed.
  • Facilities that house a team store must adhere to the following:
    • Limit the number of people allowed inside the store based on the ability to maintain proper physical distancing.
    • Stanchions, spacing markers, directional arrows, etc. must be placed inside and outside the team store to maintain physical distancing.
  • Signage must be posted to caution patrons about the risks of COVID-19 and expectations to observe required public health measures.
  • Facility ventilation systems should be operational and appropriate for the activities being practised in them.
  • Facilities may need to consider:
    • Increasing air circulation and ventilation, while preventing turbulent air flow.
    • Providing natural ventilation by opening windows and doors, wherever possible, to increase air flow.
  • Facilities should remove unnecessary common items, such as magazines, brochures, etc.
  • Increased cleaning and disinfection is required. Operators must put measures in place to ensure physical distancing of non-household members and provide access to handwashing facilities or a hand sanitizer approved by Health Canada (DIN or NPN number).
  • Drinking fountains must be closed. Water bottle filling stations are acceptable if appropriately and frequently sanitized.
  • The facility shall establish a response plan should a patron or staff/volunteer become ill and display COVID-19 symptoms while at the venue.
  • Responsible persons must collect attendee names and contact information, such as a phone number and/or email address. Where possible, this information should be collected prior to the event to prevent line-ups. Information will be requested by the Saskatchewan Health Authority only for the purposes of contact tracing if a COVID-19 exposure is linked to the event.
  • Attendee records should be retained for at least four weeks after the event ends.
  • Facility operators must establish facility/area plans, including visual markers such as cordons, floor markers, signage, etc. to encourage and support proper physical distancing. Areas of concerns include common areas, food and beverage service areas, seating, walkways and washrooms.
  • Lineups at washrooms and food/beverage service areas, and gatherings outside the building during breaks at events pose a serious challenge. Facility operators must manage these areas to prevent gatherings and ensure physical distancing is maintained to mitigate risks to attendees.
  • Facility operators must:
    • Manage crowds in common areas before, after and during breaks in play;
    • Manage crowds as they exit an event area so physical distancing can be maintained. This may be done through visual markings and calling areas/sections to limit the numbers of persons exiting at a time;
    • Limit the duration of an event and/or limit participants; and
    • Barriers may be installed as an additional measure, but physical distancing must be maintained (e.g. Plexiglas window at a booth/kiosk/cubicle higher than head-height).
  • Where possible, event access areas should also be controlled (e.g. parking areas, erect barriers, set maximum occupancy, signage).
  • Where possible, facilities should utilize multiple entry and exits points.
  • Participation in provincially endorsed COVID Alert tracing app that protects user privacy is strongly recommended.
  • Food and beverage services that have a designated and defined area are subject to the Restaurants and Licensed Establishments Guidelines in the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan.
  • Food and beverage services without a defined and designated seating area are limited to take away or delivery only. Patrons are expected to remain masked except while eating or drinking in the designated seating area.

2. Spectator Capacity

  • Effective November 27, 2020, maximum capacity in Saskatchewan arenas and rinks is 30 spectators provided there is enough room to maintain physical distancing in all areas of the arena.
  • Members of household groups must sit together, with a minimum of two metres between household groups – side to side and front to back.
    • All facilities must determine a way to establish fixed/static seating, even where there is no individual seating or seat numbers available. For example, seating/standing areas should be taped or cordoned off.
    • Spectator visiting, moving around and congregating is strongly discouraged.
    • Spectators should not be within two metres of players as they enter/exit the ice surface or dressing rooms.
    • Spectators (excluding parents and guardians where necessary for player support) must be kept out of player spaces (e.g. locker room, team bench, etc.).
    • The number of staff and volunteers should be adequate for the event; however, event organizers may not assign attendees as volunteers or other staff members in order to circumvent event capacity restrictions.
    • Spectator numbers are subject to change according to the direction of the Chief Medial Health Officer.
    • All players, coaches, team officials and spectators are strongly encouraged to use the Government of Canada's proximity tracking app.
  • Food and beverage service and consumption must be separated (i.e. cordoned off) from the primary activity area. Food or drink is not permitted in the activity area. Increases to spectator capacity will depend on COVID-19 transmission levels within Saskatchewan and approval from the Chief Medical Health Officer.

3. Conditioning, Training and Individual Competition

  • Individual conditioning/training and individual sports activities with consistent masking in enclosed areas and consistent three metres of physical distancing are permitted. Please refer to the Public Health Order related to Face Coverings for masking requirements.
  • Skills training camps are not permitted except for individual training for athletes 18 years of age and under. Group sizes must be a maximum of eight individuals.
  • Participants may only be a part of one mini-league within a single sports organization at any given time and are encouraged to limit their personal bubbles they are involved with in the interests of their own health, the health of their families and friends, and the health of their communities.
  • At least three metres distancing should be maintained between all individuals, except members of the same household, when off the field of play (e.g. on benches, during intermission, in dressing rooms, training areas, etc.).
  • The arena surface may be used by more than one group (up to eight persons) if a physical barrier that restricts group interaction is present and distance between and within groups can be maintained at three metres.

4. Participant Health and Illness

  • Spectators and staff who are sick or symptomatic must not enter the facility. Participants, spectators and volunteers should use the Government of Saskatchewan's self-assessment tool for COVID-19 and follow the subsequent directions.
  • If a person becomes sick, they should immediately stop participating and return home.
  • If a person becomes sick or injured and first aid or further care is required:
    • Try to limit the number of individuals in contact with the sick person.
    • Place a mask over the individual's mouth and nose if they are not able to do so. Maintain a safe distance until the mask is in place.
  • First aid providers caring for people should follow standard precautions. Those who provide direct care requiring close or direct contact should wear a mask.
  • Following care, first aid providers should discard the mask and gloves following standard procedures and perform hand hygiene.

5. Cleaning Disinfection and Hand Hygiene

  • Cleaning and disinfection information for public facilities and workplaces is available.
  • Increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of commonly touched surfaces and shared equipment, such as vending machines, water refill handles, doorknobs, handrails, light switches, countertops, tables, equipment handles and consoles.
  • All frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected prior to a new group being provided access to arena/rink area, including benches, bleachers, railings, gates, etc.
  • Ensure that handwashing sinks are fully stocked with soap and paper towels.
  • Place a hand sanitizer approved by Health Canada (DIN or NPN number) in dispensers or soap and water handwashing stations near doors, common use equipment, washrooms/locker rooms, rinkside and team areas, and other high-touch locations for patrons and staff. Patrons should be encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer when possible.
  • Hand hygiene should be performed prior to play and contacting shared equipment, as well as through the duration of the activity (i.e. intermissions, breaks, etc.) and at the end.

6. Conduct

  • Spectators, participants and players, staff, coaches and volunteers should try to minimize cheering, shouting, singing and whistling as much as possible to control the spread of COVID-19.
  • Facility operators are expected to make announcements and/or post signs to remind spectators to observe minimum distancing of two metres and refrain from shouting, singing and whistling.
  • Individuals not in the same household must not share personal items (i.e. food, beverage containers, equipment, etc.).
  • Congratulatory gestures such as high fives and handshakes are not permitted.
  • Intentional contact during sport or activity is prohibited.

7. Guidelines for Employees

  • Limit the sharing of objects and tools by staff (e.g. equipment, gloves) or disinfect between uses.
  • Hand hygiene must be performed between tasks.
  • Encourage staff to launder uniforms/work clothes between shifts.
  • Employees are required to practise physical distancing at work. Avoid handshakes and any other physical contact with others. Remain two metres apart from others whenever possible.
  • If staff are unable to maintain two metres distancing from co-workers, other measures should be implemented, such as self-monitoring of personal health, supervision by Infection Prevention and Control Officers or Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace. Other appropriate measures include:
    • Staggering activities to limit the number of staff in a confined area during the same period.
    • Moving activities to another room whenever possible.
    • Altering break times to minimize the number of staff working in close quarters.
    • Please refer to the Public Health Order related to Face Coverings for masking requirements.
  • Ensure staff are practising proper hand hygiene and coughing/sneezing etiquette, including:
    • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Using hand sanitizer approved by Health Canada (DIN or NPN number) when hands are not visibly dirty and handwashing isn't available.
    • Avoiding touching their face, mouth, nose and eyes.
    • Coughing or sneezing into a tissue, then immediately disposing of the tissue and washing their hands. If a tissue is not available, they should cough or sneeze into their elbow, not their hands.
  • Glove use for COVID-19 transmission mitigation is not required nor recommended. If staff are using gloves, they should be changed after every interaction and when changing tasks. Hand hygiene must be performed between every glove change (hand sanitizer or handwashing with soap and water).
  • All workers, especially those in constant contact with the public, should self-monitor for symptoms and use the Government of Saskatchewan's self-assessment tool for COVID-19 and follow the subsequent directions. Facilities should review their employee illness policies to ensure staff are able to remain home when ill (as is required).
  • Stagger staff arrival and departure times, breaks and meetings to reduce the number of individuals in one place at a given time. Designate lockers and storage spaces for individual workers.
  • Ensure staff are adequately trained in new policies and protocols.
  • Workplaces are encouraged to have plans in place for increased worker absences due to illness or isolation.
  • Workplaces should have a workplace illness policy. If policies do not exist or are not in line with COVID-19 recommendations, workplaces should ensure the following:
    • Sick employees should stay home or are sent home from work if symptoms present.
    • Sick employees use the Government of Saskatchewan's self-assessment tool for COVID-19 and follow the subsequent directions.
    • If an employee has gone home sick, their work areas should be cleaned and disinfected.

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