Last Updated:  2021-AUG-21  

As a club we have been asked to ensure that our coaches, skaters, parents, members and volunteers receive education on new safety and hygiene protocols within the club. We are asking that you review the following resources:


COVID-19 Pre-Practice Screening Questionaire

 

All members, coaches and volunteers need complete self-screen questionnaire before arrival at each and every training session.

Please click this link: Health Screening Questionnaire


COVID-19 Public Resources

Source: Public Health Ontario

How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19

How to Self-isolate

How to Self-monitor

How to Wash Your hands

When and How to Wear a Mask

For Halton specific information see:

https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-Infections/New-Coronavirus

Or call 3.1.1


Milton Speed Skating Club COVID-19 Protocols 2021/2022

The purpose of the Milton Speed Skating Club (MSSC) COVID-19 Protocols is to enable a safe return to sport and club activities while preventing the transmission of COVID-19 among members, participants, coaches, volunteers, families and the broader community. These protocols have been developed under the guidance of the Ontario Speed Skating Association (OSSA) Return to Sport Protocols. 

The protocols are subject to all regulations, guidelines and directions of the government of Ontario, Halton Region, Town of Milton and public health authorities.  As the situation with COVID-19 evolves and information changes, the protocols may be updated at any time, as required.

  1. Administration

1.1 General Responsibilities

  • All speed skating activities must adhere to all federal, provincial and municipal laws, regulations, by-laws and orders, as they may exist from time to time. This includes but is not limited to compliance with:
    • Physical distancing measures
    • Health and safety regulations
    • Size of permitted gatherings
    • Speed Skating Canada rules, policies and procedures
    • Ontario Speed Skating rules, policies and procedures
    • All Safe Sport policies and procedures
    • Applicable occupational health and safety requirements
  • Complete Club Risk Assessment and Mitigation Tool
    • Proceed if score is Moderate Risk; keep results on file
  • Complete OSSA Return to Sport Acknowledgement Form and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before any speed skating activity commences
  • Conduct all administrative activities online and virtually whenever possible
  • Prepare and make available a safety plan that describes the measures and procedures to reduce the transmission risk of COVID-19
  • All training activities must be sanctioned by the Ontario Speed Skating Association
  • Ensure the Rule of Two is followed virtually and at all training activities
  • Follow OSSA’s Safe Sport Policy in all training environments

1.2 Facility

  • Review Milton Sports Centre protocols and procedures and ensure the facility is operating in compliance with all applicable laws, the recommendations and instructions of public health officials, including any advice, recommendations or instructions on physical distancing, cleaning or disinfecting
    • Club members will follow facility guidelines by using designated entry and exit doors in the facility and any guidelines to manage the flow of people within the facility
  • Milton Sports Centre protocols - effective July 16, 2021
    • All individuals to wear masks at all times unless participating on the ice or other exemptions
    • Maintain 2m physical distance at all times unless from same household or actively participating on the ice
    • Enter and exit through the south entrance only
    • Admission commences twenty (20) minutes prior to start of rental time
    • Individuals to self-screen before entering the facility
    • Individuals to be actively screened by Town staff upon entry into the facility
    • Dressing rooms:
      • Maximum occupancy in each dressing room is 10 participants; each group to be assigned two dressing rooms
      • Assigned dressing rooms indicated on video boards at customer service desk
      • Sit on bench where there is an X marked
      • Skaters are encouraged to come as fully dressed as possible in order to minimize time required in the dressing room
      • Exit dressing rooms no more than 15 minutes after rental concludes.
    • Spectators:
      • Spectators must watch from designated seating areas; watching from the lobby is not permitted.
      • The number of spectators in the designated seating area must not exceed 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity

1.3 Record Keeping

  • All participants should be pre-registered prior to participation in any club activity
  • All club members and participants (skaters, coaches, volunteers, board members) must complete the Acknowledgement, Release, indemnity and Assumption of Risk regarding COVID-19 form prior to participation in club activities
  • All club members’ contact information to be kept up to date and on file
  • All members to complete self-screen questionnaire before arrival at each training session (Health Screening Questionnaire)
    • Self-assessments may be done verbally upon arrival or online with MSSC Health Screening Questionnaire
    • Designated person will ensure Health Screenings are completed
    • Completed screening questionnaires and self-assessments to be kept for a minimum of one month
  • Keep record of all participants (skaters, coaches, volunteers) for each training session to assist with contact tracing if needed. (Session Participant Tracking Form)
    • Designate person responsible for record keeping at each practice
    • Maintain records for at least one month
    • Only disclose records to a medical officer of health or an inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Act on request for a purpose specified in section 2 of that Act or as otherwise required by law

1.4 Communication and Education

  • Club members (coaches, skaters, parents, volunteers) will be informed and updated on relevant Return to Sport information through email and newsletters
  • Communications, documents, and resource links will be stored on MSSC website for future reference by club members
  • All members must be educated on club safety and hygiene protocols  
    • Initial information and education material to be provided with registration package
    • New and updated information to be provided through emails and newsletters
    • Links to Government-approved resources to be included on MSSC website 
  • Encourage all eligible volunteers and athletes to receive a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible before the start of training

2, Training

2.1 Session Groups

  • All club activities and training sessions must follow the current Ontario Provincial and Halton Region public health as well as OSSA and Milton Sports Centre guidelines with respect to the size of gatherings
    • The club will follow the most restrictive active regulations and protocols at any given time
  • Training groups should be consistent, keeping the same group week after week to help mitigate transmission
  • Skaters from other clubs are permitted if they register to train with MSSC for the season and they follow Halton Region and Town of Milton public health guidelines
  • Drop in guest skating is not permitted
  • New skaters from regions with high virus transmission will not be permitted to train with MSSC after the season has started and cohorts have been established
  • All members should follow their local public health guidelines and avoid travelling between regions with high virus transmission and regions with low virus transmission
    • It is recommended that all registered skaters who reside in regions with high virus transmission or in regions under lockdown conditions, should follow their local public health guidelines and avoid participating in MSSC club activities
  • Skaters and coaches training at multiple facilities should:
    • Use a new face covering at each location
    • Manage schedules to avoid different facilities/clubs on the same day
    • Ensure Session Participation Tracking and Health Screening is completed for each facility visited in the same day

2.2 Individual Participant Responsibilities:

  • Complete MSSC Health Screening Questionnaire before arriving at facility
  • Wait outside until 20 minutes before practice time
  • Wear a facial covering at all times in the facility
    • Facial coverings do not need to be worn if you:
      • Are a child younger than two years of age
      • Have a medical condition that inhibits your ability to wear a face covering,
      • Are unable to put on or remove the face covering without help from someone else
      • Are receiving accommodations according to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 or the Human Rights Code.
    • Facial coverings can be temporarily removed indoors when:
      • Engaging in an athletic or fitness activity
      • Consuming food or drink
      • Necessary for the purposes of health and safety
  • Arrive prepared with as much clothing and protective equipment on as possible, except for skates and helmet, to minimize time in the dressing room
  • Use only dressing rooms assigned to MSSC for your training session; maximum of 10 skaters/coaches per dressing room
  • Only one parent/guardian for each athlete who requires assistance with putting on equipment can enter the dressing room
  • All spectators must watch from the designated location (no viewing from the lobby)
  • Maintain 2m physical distance at all times from every other person except from their caregiver or from members of their household when not actively training
    • Physical contact is only permitted during active training including incidental physical contact
  • Follow personal hygiene guidelines
    • wash/sanitize hands when entering and leaving facility
  • All skaters and coaches should carry alcohol based hand sanitizer in their equipment bags
  • All skaters and coaches are responsible for the care and disinfection of their own equipment
  • Bring everything that you need; no sharing of personal items is permitted
    • Bring enough water for training session
  • Leave the facility within 15 minutes after end of training session
  • If a member chooses to train or travel outside of the province, they can return to club activities  if they clear the health screening questionnaire
  • If a member chooses to train or travel outside of the country,  they must contact their  Local Public Health Unit to be cleared to return to club activities.
    • Contact the club and OSSA before returning to club activities.

2.3 On-ice Practices

  • Physical contact is permitted during active training 
  • Maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres: 
    • when entering and exiting the ice
    • while listening to instructions or resting
  • Use visual cues (ie. cones, blocks, dots on ice) to help maintain physical distancing 
  • Coaches should focus on skill development and low risk activities to minimize the requirement for medical care.
  • Coaches must wear a facial covering at all times; skaters wear facial covering when not actively training
    • Disposable or reusable 2-3 layer facial coverings are acceptable
    • Buffs or single layer facial coverings are not acceptable
    • Bring multiple masks to training to avoid using damp masks
  • Limit volume of music to conversation level and avoid shouting by both instructors and participants
  • All participants to leave ice immediately after training and exit facility within 15 minutes

2.4 Dryland Training

  • MSSC will run dryland training sessions as permitted under the current Ontario Provincial and Halton Region public health regulations as well as OSSA and Milton Sports Centre guidelines 
  • Training groups should be consistent, keeping the same group week after week to help mitigate transmission
  • Participants will maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres unless actively training
  • Participants will wear a facial covering unless actively training
  • Coaches will wear a facial covering at all times
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their own training equipment (i.e. exercise mat, resistance bands) and are responsible for the care and disinfection of their equipment
  • Any equipment that must be loaned (i.e. bands, belts) will be loaned to individual participants for the duration of the speed skating season and sanitized with alcohol based disinfectant upon return
  • Participants should avoid sharing any equipment
  • All other equipment (i.e. cones) will be sanitized by the coach or volunteer at the end of the training session

2.5 Virtual Training

  • Virtual training session must meet the following requirements set out by OSSA’s insurance provider:
    • The club must submit a sanction request for the activity
    • The online session is led by an OSSA member coach
    • There should be a participant login so it is limited to members of the insured
    • Required Disclaimer should be prominently displayed at the start of the video
      • “All actions and movements shown in this presentation follow a skills and progression based model of learning, subject to the Speed Skating Canada LTAD and sanctioned by the Ontario Speed Skating Association. The material found within is general in basis and does not take into account individual needs or limitations. This workout is intended for OSSA members only. Anyone who applies this program on their own does so at their own risk”
    • Participants should be advised on safety at home (e.g. clear the area of debris, get a mat, etc.)
      • Premises liability would not be covered - member slips on water on their own floor that is not covered. If the association negligently instructed participants to do a certain exercise resulting in an injury (unrelated to condition of the premises), the liability policy would respond.
    • Participants need to have signed the OSSA waivers
  • The services of a trainer may be utilized as long as the trainer is certified by a recognized fitness governing body, works in conjunction with one of the club coaches in the video, and they join the OSSA as a member.

3. Equipment

3.1 Personal Equipment

  • Participants should supply their own skates and protective equipment for all practices
    • There will be no sharing of personal equipment
  • Individuals are responsible for the care and disinfection of their own equipment

3.2 Rentals

  • Skate rentals will be available for the duration of the speed skating season
  • Skates will be  sprayed with alcohol based disinfectant upon return

3.3 Loaner Equipment

  • Skating protective equipment (helmet, kevlar socks, gloves, etc) will be available for loan by the club if required
  • Loaned equipment will be sanitized after each use and separated from other equipment for a period of 48 hours
  • Where training includes the use of bands or belts it is preferred that skaters use their own; if the club loans a band/belt to an individual it will consider loaning the band for the duration of the speed skating season

3.4 Shared equipment

  • Shared equipment includes the protective padding/safety mats and corner blocks
  • The number of individuals moving the protective padding will be limited to minimize contact 
  • Mat setup and take down procedure will ensure physical distancing, and enable our sanitization procedure.
  • Corner blocks will be assigned to specific coaches/assistants to limit the number of individuals who touch the corner blocks; skaters should avoid touching the corner blocks
  • Skaters and coaches should not touch the mats unnecessarily during practice
    • Avoid the use of mats other than for protective padding along the boards (e.g. no mat surfing)

3.5 Equipment Disinfection Procedures

  • All surfaces touched by multiple individuals (protective padding, corner blocks) will be sanitized after each training session and between different cohorts
  • Individuals involved in moving protective padding and disinfection procedures will wear a facial covering at all times and wash their hands or use alcohol based hand sanitizer before and after, and should avoid touching any other surfaces, especially their face
  • Sanitation procedures of shared equipment:
    • Coaches and/or volunteers will wipe down high-contact areas of protective padding with disinfectant wipes while on the ice between training cohorts
    • Protective padding will be sanitized by volunteers after training session upon removal from the ice and before storage; exception will be made when the next training session is scheduled for more than 72 hours after the current session allowing for sufficient isolation period (ie. after Wednesday practice)
    • Protective padding with be sprayed with Oxivir disinfectant along high-contact surfaces after training session prior to storage
    • Volunteers with sanitize corner blocks with Oxivir disinfectant spray after each training session and between training cohorts
  • Should a skater crash into the protective padding, the area where the skater crashed will need to be immediately wiped with disinfectant wipes by the coach or volunteer on the ice
  • All loaned equipment (i.e. helmets) will be sprayed with alcohol based disinfectant after each use and separated from other equipment for a period of 48 hours

3.6 Skate Sharpening

  • For skaters who do not have their own sharpening equipment, the club will have sharpening equipment and/or service available during ice practice hours
  • Skaters needing their skates sharpened must advise the club before arriving at the facility to ensure proper arrangements can be made
  • Skate sharpening will be done in the MSSC storage room with only one person at a time
  • The person using the sharpening equipment must wash or sanitize their hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer first and wear a mask at all times while in the storage room
  • The individual must go directly to the storage room (before or after skating) and leave immediately when sharpening is completed
  • Sharpening equipment will be sanitized with alcohol-based disinfectant after each use; skates will be sanitized with alcohol-based disinfectant before returning to skate.

4.Competition

  • OSSA sanctioned competitions are not permitted at this time
  • MSSC may run races and or competitions with current club members as permitted under the current Ontario Provincial and Halton Region public health regulations as well as OSSA and Milton Sports Centre guidelines

5. First Aid

6. COVID Illness Policy

The purpose of this Policy is to: 

  • Establish a protocol if an individual becomes unwell with COVID-19 symptoms 
  • Designate an individual to follow up with any individuals who become unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 during club activities 
  • Establish a protocol for the club to inform OSSA, the facility, coaches, skaters, parents, members and volunteers if there has been an exposure to COVID-19 within the club or training group or if a club member is diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Establish procedures to modify, restrict, postpone or cancel training sessions or other activities based on the evolving COVID-19 pandemic

6.1 An individual becomes unwell with COVID-19 symptoms

  • If an individual becomes unwell with symptoms of COVID-19, or if someone is aware of an individual that becomes unwell with symptoms of COVID-19, that individual must immediately stop participation in club activities
  • If the individual becomes unwell during a training activity, that individual should be isolated from all others in a well ventilated area, or outside and provided with a non-medical face mask if one is available
  • The individual shall be sent home and instructed to contact public health authorities for further guidance
  • The facility should be informed in order to determine if any areas need to be closed off and/or require additional cleaning/disinfecting
  • The designated group or individual should be informed of the situation and should contact the individual or their parent/guardian to determine if next steps are being taken regarding testing

6.2 An individual is tested for COVID-19 

  • Any individual that is part of a club who has been tested for COVID-19 as a result of showing COVID-19 symptoms must not participate in club activities while waiting for the results of the test
  • The club will consult the Session Participation tracking sheets to inform other club members who might have been in close contact with the individual
  • Any club members who were in close contact with the individual should not participate in club activities and should follow public health guidelines until the diagnosis of COVID-19 is ruled out by health professionals

6.3 An individual tests positive for COVID-19 

  • If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, they should inform the club
  • The club through the designated individual should contact the facility and public health officials The Session Participation tracking sheets may be used to assist public health officials in contact tracing
  • Any club members who were in close contact with the individual should not participate in club activities for 14 days and should follow public health guidelines regarding self-isolation and testing 
  • The club will inform Ontario Speed Skating of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

6.4 Return to club activities following illness

  • If no test was performed, or the COVID-19 test was negative, the individual may only return to club activities once they no longer have any symptoms of COVID-19

6.5 Return to club activities following COVID-19

  • Following a positive COVID-19 test, an individual must follow all public health guidelines regarding return to activities
  • The individual will need a note from their physician or public health authority to return to Sport

6.6 Modification/restriction/postponing or cancelling of club/skating activities 

  • Based on the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the club must be prepared to follow public health, municipal/provincial government and sport recommendations regarding modifying/restricting/postponing or cancelling activities 
  • Club members should be informed as soon as possible of any modifications/restrictions or cancellations 
  • Clubs must keep any modifications and restrictions in place until advised that it is safe to resume activities by public health, government or sport officials

6.7 Public Health Guidelines 

Clubs and members should follow all public health guidelines regarding COVID-19. These may include: 

  • Any club members who themselves have travelled outside of Canada, or has someone in their household who has travelled outside Canada must self-isolate and not participate in club/skating activities for 14 days 
  • Any individual who has been exposed to someone with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 should self-isolate and is not permitted to participate in club/skating activities for 14 days 
  • Any individual with symptoms of COVID-19 is not permitted to take part in club or skating activities 
  • Any individual who has been directed by Public Health to self-isolate must not participate in club activities