For Immediate Release / December 16, 2020

City Encourages Skating & Skills Over Shinny & Play

To comply with provincial public health measures announced Dec 8 

To comply with the provincial public health measures announced on December 8, 2020, the City is not permitting any games of hockey, ringette or shinny on outdoor boarded rinks or social ice surfaces.

Due to the nature of hockey, ringette and shinny, it is not possible for participants to maintain a physical distance of two metres from other players, especially when defending against the player who has the puck or ring. To align with the provincial measures, the City is not permitting any activity that brings users within close contact (under two metres) on outdoor boarded rinks or social ice surfaces. Community Peace Officers have been empowered to stop these games should they take place. If the games continue, the users will be asked to leave. If they refuse to leave, the users will be fined.

The City made the decision to keep outdoor boarded rinks and social ice surfaces open as a service to residents for their enjoyment and to provide an additional opportunity for outdoor recreation. If participants respect the rules, other users and staff, the outdoor boarded rinks and social ice surfaces will remain open. If compliance with the rules is poor, the outdoor boarded rinks and social ice surfaces may be closed. Ultimately, users themselves will determine whether the City keeps these facilities open and maintained or not.

The Chief Administrative Officer, who was supported by Council motion, has delegated authority to Community Peace Officers to enforce this measure on behalf of the City as the landowner of these outdoor boarded rinks and social ice surfaces. Effective immediately, Community Peace Officers who observe people playing a hockey/ringette game/shinny (including games under 10 people such as 2 on 2) or any other activity that brings people within close contact (under two metres) will ask them to stop. If the players do not stop, the Community Peace Officer will ask them to leave the rink as a result of their conduct and not following posted rules. If they do not leave, officers will have the ability to enforce compliance through the Petty Trespass Act.

For more information, visit the City’s website at stalbert.ca/rec/facilities/sports/rinks

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