Hockey Manitoba statement regarding the March 5 clarification to the COVID-19 Prevention Orders
As required under the Public Health Act
On Friday March 5, 2021, Hockey Manitoba received clarification from Sport Manitoba that the requirement to wear a mask in an indoor public space includes when participating in indoor sporting activities. This order was not consistent with the Hockey Manitoba Return to Plan Version 6 which then required amending to ensure compliance with this new order.
Hockey Manitoba recognizes that adhering to this order may cause distress to some of our athletes as wearing a mask while participating in strenuous activity can cause difficulties breathing, which can also be made worse by wearing a mouthguard. These concerns have been made known to the Province and Hockey Manitoba has requested that the Province reconsider this requirement. Although we understand members’ frustration with the order, Hockey Manitoba requires all members to comply with the current Public Health Orders.
Based on the province’s public health orders that took effect on Friday March 5, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., practices and drills are now permitted at indoor rinks. There will no longer be a one to one requirement and no organized games or tournaments are allowed.
Groups of a maximum of 10 players are able to participate in practices (excluding coaches and instructors) and must take reasonable measures to ensure that there is no interaction between different groups participating at the same time. The ice surface can be divided in half with one group on each side.
Indoor rinks are permitted to open at 25 percent total capacity, with public health measures in place for spectators and common areas. Dressing rooms are permitted to open at 50 percent of the usual capacity or to a number that ensures that all persons in the dressing room are able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other persons, whichever is lesser.
Hockey Manitoba has released Version 6 of our Return to Play (RTP) plan which includes updated Indoor/Phase 2 protocols.
Please click here to view the Province of Manitoba’s current Public Health Orders.
For more information on provincial restrictions click here.
The health and safety of our community and Hockey Manitoba members is of utmost importance. Physical distancing, mask wearing, proper hygiene, and screening are necessary steps that must be practiced in order to return to hockey safely and will assist in reducing the risk to the hockey community.
Based on the recommendation by the Province of Manitoba, Hockey Manitoba and its Board of Directors have made the decision to not allow sanctioned tournaments or events to take place at this time. Travel permit applications will also not be accepted for out of province travel at this time.
Hockey Manitoba’s Return to Play Plan incorporates the current requirements outlined in Stages 1 – 4 of the Government of Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services Plan, health and safety guidelines from Hockey Canada, and programming, registration and sanctioning for Hockey Manitoba.
Part of our commitment includes an ongoing and regular review of our RTP protocols based on the latest recommended COVID-19 health precautions, which will help to enhance the positive hockey experience under the province’s health directives.
The Return to Hockey Plan has three phases:
- Phase 1 – On-ice skill development (non-contact), online meetings and clinics, non-sanctioned activities
- Phase 2 (Indoor) – On-ice practices, drills, and scrimmages are permitted for groups of up to 10 players. No organized team games or tournaments are permitted.
- Phase 3 (Outdoor) – Organized practices, games and competitions may take place, but the operator of a facility must ensure that no multi-team tournaments are permitted.
Hockey Manitoba continues to strive towards placing our members in a safe and healthy environment. Physical distancing, mask wearing, proper hygiene and screening are necessary steps that must be practiced in order to return to hockey safely and will assist in reducing the risk to the hockey community.