Ice in all three pads will be ready on October 5

Posted On Tuesday September 08, 2020

CENTRE WELLINGTON – Based on a response from our major ice users, and ongoing communication between the Township and these partners, ice is set to be ready on Monday, October 5 on both pads A and B at the CW Community Sportsplex, and at the Elora Community Centre.

“Staff have been extremely active in communicating with other Provincial Organizations, the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Unit and our local minor sports groups to develop a strategy for opening our arenas safely” said Mayor Kelly Linton.  “I am grateful to staff and community organizations as they continue to make the health and safety of our residents a priority.  Although our arenas will not operate as they have in the past, our minor sports groups are ready to return to play, and we are here to implement new risk mitigation procedures to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

The focus on return to play for the local minor sport organizations has been the priority for phase 1 of opening Township ice surfaces.  A phased approach will allow for staff to adjust as needed, ensure facility limits for mandatory capacity (Provincial Order 364/20) are enforced and safely re-open to priority users such as minor sports groups first, and then for private rentals and adult leagues (phase 2).  During the start-up phases, there will be less ice available, capacity limits for users to allow for proper cleaning and disinfecting, risk mitigation controls and proper following of provincial orders.

Phase 1 entails:

  • Ice availability at the Elora Arena and the CW Community Sportsplex on both pads A & B.
  • Hours of operation will be Monday to Friday from 4-11 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Ice Allocation will be for Minor Sports Groups only, which includes:
    • CW Minor Hockey Association
    • Grand River Girls Hockey
    • Elora Fergus Ringette
    • Fergus Skating Club
    • Elora Skating Club
    • Return to play documents provided by each association
    • Township Facility Guidelines and protocol must be adhered to (number limitations, rules and regulations).
    • No private rentals are available
    • No Township programs will take place (i.e. public skating or shinny programs)
    • No tournaments or special events

“Centre Wellington Minor Hockey has been diligently working on plans for Return to Play in Centre Wellington” said Christine Cook, President.  “Our association will be following the Return to Play Framework that the Ontario Hockey Federation has set, along with additional guidelines and protocols as laid out by the Ontario Minor Hockey Association.  We are very appreciative for the continued support of the Centre Wellington Parks and Recreation Department and the Wellington Dufferin Public Health Unit. Our priority is a safe return to development and modified play for our players.” 

“The Grand River Mustangs Girls Hockey family is excited to get our players back to the game of hockey on October 5” said Mindy Ferguson, President.  “We appreciate the Township's commitment to getting youth back on the ice. We are busy planning the details of our Return to Play and look forward to being at the rink this fall."

For more information:

Kendra Martin  | Communications Coordinator
Township of Centre Wellington | 1 MacDonald Square, Elora, ON  N0B 1S0
519.846.9691  x220

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