These rules and protocols should consider the following City established guidelines:
- You can find Central District Health’s Public Health order here: https://www.cdhd.idaho.gov/pdfs/cd/Coronavirus/Order/Order-Regarding-Restriction-Bars-Open-Ada-County-09-04-2020.pdf and the City of Boise Public Health Emergency order here: https://www.cdhd.idaho.gov/pdfs/cd/Coronavirus/Order/Order-Regarding-Restriction-Bars-Open-Ada-County-09-04-2020.pdf
- At all times participants will adhere to Idaho Ice World (IIW), local, state, and federal requirements and guidelines. This includes but is not limited to social distancing and mask requirements.
- 6’ Social Distancing – For everyone’s safety, it’s critical to maintain the required social distance to help minimize risk of COVID-19 exposure. The minimum requirement for social distancing is at least six (6’) feet between participants, players, coaches, parents, etc.
- Locker Rooms are currently closed. Plan ahead and be prepared for no locker room access.
- At this time, IceWorld is limiting any nonessential visitors, spectators, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations. Athletes/skaters only.
- During times when athletes/skaters are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between skaters on the sideline or off the ice.
- Due to the updated Central District Health public health order that took effect in the City of Boise on August 11th, all Idaho IceWorld users will be required to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth when inside the facility, with the exception of when they are actively engaged in athletic competition, training, or practice within the confines of the ice surface. Coaches or instructors are required to wear a mask while on the ice at all times. In addition, coaches, instructors, spectators, and all participants not within the confines of the ice or playing surface shall be required to wear a mask.
- IceWorld does not allow spitting and encourages everyone to cover their coughs and sneezes with the inside of their elbow.
- If skaters need to use the restroom, we highly recommend they do so before visiting the rink, or before their class begins, continuing social distancing guidelines.
- All athletes/skaters will be allowed inside the facility 15 minutes prior to their icetime/class.
- All athletes/skaters will use hand sanitizer before entering the building and are encouraged to limit touching surfaces during their stay. Multiple sanitizer stations will be available throughout the facility and frequent hand washing is encouraged. Clean hands frequently. If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used.
- All athletes/skaters’ personal items should be limited to skates with guards, water bottle and tissues, and for hockey players their helmet, gloves, and skates. One equipment bag (such as a Zuca Bag or other duffle bag/hockey bag/suitcase) is allowed but should be kept up against the walls keeping the middle walking isle inside the rink area free and clear for fire exit purposes.
- All athletes/skaters are to walk DIRECTLY to their assigned rink. No socializing, loitering or wandering since the rest of the rink is off limits. Athletes/Skaters will choose one chair which has been socially distanced and remain in the chair until directed to enter the ice.
- HOCKEY BENCHES WILL REMAIN CLOSED. Do not enter! Plan ahead and be prepared for shift changes using other entry gates.
- All athletes/skaters will use one 6’ mark (X) along the boards to place blade guards and water bottle. Tissues must remain either in a pocket or a zip-loc bag and disposed of properly upon the end of class.
- All athletes/skaters: when class is over, immediately exit the ice while maintaining social distancing and walk directly to their chair to remove skates, gather belongings, etc.
- All athletes/skaters/guests have 5 minutes to get skates off and leave the facility. Those needing assistance with skate removal must exit the building and meet their family outside to remove skates. Mats may not always be laid on the concrete outside, therefore IceWorld strongly encourages use of skate guards to prevent delays in exiting the rink within the 5 minute time period and to protect your skate blades.
- Clean all shared use equipment (auxiliary cord, pucks, goals, etc.) frequently throughout the session and encourage participants to clean their equipment before and after use.
- On-ice drills, conditioning exercises etc. should be conducted in small group settings to keep distance between participants. Practices should not include scrimmages, one-one-one drills and other close contact situations.
- No handshakes, high fives or other contact is permitted to promote physical distancing.
- Do not allow shared water bottles or snacks at practices.
- Carpooling is discouraged to and from practice at this time.
- Designate a youth sports program staff person to be responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns. All coaches, staff, officials, and families should know who this person is and how to contact them.
- Increase the amount of time between practices and competitions to allow for one group to depart before another group enters the facility. This also allows for more time to clean the facility between uses.
- Learn to Skate/Hockey Learn to Play: One masked adult may enter with a skater only if that skater requires assistance with preparation. Once skater is prepared, that adult must exit the building.
- Learn to Skate: Name tags will be provided outside the doors of the facility on the first day of class. Skaters will retain their name tags and wear them to each class of the session. No returning name tags during this session. If a skater forgets his/her name tag, report to the instructor at the beginning of class and the instructor will provide a stick-on name tag, if needed.
- Learn to Skate/Hockey Learn to Play: Rental skates will be available to pick up prior to entering the doors of the facility for those skaters who indicated the need to use rental skates during the class registration procedure and prior arrangements have been made.
- Learn to Skate/Hockey Learn to Play: Instructors may use the hockey bench area boards to place personal items at the 6’ distance markers. HOCKEY BENCHES WILL REMAIN CLOSED. Do not enter!
- Traveling outside of the local community may increase the chances of exposing participants, coaches, and fans to COVID-19, or unknowingly spreading it to others. Teams should consider competing only against teams in their local area (e.g., neighborhood, town, or community).
No persons displaying symptoms of cough, flu, or fever may enter the facility. Individuals who have possibly been exposed to someone who is sick should stay at home. Every player will follow travel guidelines and all guidelines set by the CDC. If any symptoms cause you to stay home or come into contact with anyone who tests positive, you will not be allowed to skate for 14 days.
- Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
- If you think or know you had COVID-19, and had symptoms, you can be around others after:
- 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
- 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
- COVID-19 symptoms have improved (for example, cough, shortness of breath)
- Immediately leave if you feel ill and immediately notify a Coach if a skater becomes ill with COVID-19 like symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19.
- Actively encourage sick staff, families, and players to stay home.
- Individuals, including coaches, players, and families, should stay home if they have tested positive for or are showing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Individuals, including coaches, players, and families, who have recently had a close contact with a person with COVID-19 should also stay home and monitor their health.
Persons with COVID-19 symptoms who were directed to care for themselves at home, may discontinue home isolation under the following conditions:
- No fever without the use of fever-reducing medications for at least 3 full days (72 hours); and
- Improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- Depending on the healthcare provider’s advice and availability of testing, persons might get tested to see if they still have COVID-19. If the individual will be tested, they can return to the field of play when they have no fever, symptoms have improved, and have received two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.
At all times visitors should adhere to and follow IceWorld staff requests, as these procedures are subject to change.
In addition, leagues and teams are expected to design their safe play protocols to match or exceed the following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Central District Health (CDH). Additional guidance from your professional sport organizations and leagues should also be considered. A Health & Safety Plan is required for private ice reservations.
CDC- Consideration for Youth Sports
Central District Health- Youth Sports Position Statement