Operational Plan

Last updates: October 19, 2020 (view all updates)

Please note that this document will constantly be updated during the course of the season. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Director of our Covid-19 Response Committee, Annie Thériault (contact info below).

Document sections:

Section 1: Physical Distancing

# Action Item Details of Implementation Communication Steps
1.1 Limit the amount of traffic in the facility
  • Only one parent/guardian will be permitted in the building with each participant. Unless it is deemed necessary, it is strongly encouraged that siblings are not brought into the facility. Any siblings brought to the arena must be closely monitored by the parent. 
  • Participants are only allowed in the building 15 minutes prior to ice time and must leave no more than 15 minutes after.
  • Signage at entrance of the arenas
  • Association website
1.2 Limit the amount of time spent in the dressing rooms
  • Phase 1: all players (except goalies) must come to the rink fully dressed. We are aiming/hoping that for Phase 2 onwards, players in divisions U11 and above will be allowed to get dressed in the rooms.
  • If your child is dressed for hockey and uses a car seat, please follow the instructions in Appendix E.
  • Players in divisions U7 and U9, one parent will be permitted to enter the room.
  • Players in division U11 and older, parents are only permitted in the room at the request from a member of the coaching staff.
  • Showers are not permitted.
  • Association Website
  • Enforced by team liaison
1.3 Masks
  • They are required when physical distancing guidelines cannot be followed. They are strongly encouraged to be worn at all times.
  • Masks are required in dressing rooms by everyone at all times.
  • Signage at the arenas
  • Association website
1.4 Washrooms Washrooms will be limited to one person at any given time. It will be the responsibility of each team/group to ensure this limitation is respected.
  • Signage at the arenas
  • Association website
1.5 Distancing amongst spectators Spectators are required to maintain a safe physical distance as per GNB guidelines. Designated areas will be indicated at each facility. The spectators must remain within these areas.
  • Signage at the arenas
  • Association website
1.6 Traffic flow Members are to follow the traffic flow in the specific arena. (Appendix E).
  • Signage at the arenas
  • Association website
1.7 Off-ice team warm ups Coach should ensure physical distancing is practiced. Warm-ups (if required) will take place outside of the building. Communicated to coaches by Association’s Coaching Committee
1.8 On-ice activities Teams follow the phases which have been developed by Hockey New Brunswick, as instructed by the Association's technical committee. Communicated to coaches by Association’s Coaching Committee

Section 2: Health and Respiratory Hygiene

# Action Item Details of Implementation Communication Steps
2.1 Promote frequent handwashing
  • Players are recommended to wash their hands before and after ice session.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided at the entrance of the arena.  Everyone is required to sanitize their hands in order to enter.
  • Signage at the arenas
  • Association website
  • Enforced by team liaison
2.2 Water bottles
  • Players are to have a labelled water bottle and use only that water bottle.
  • Players should wash water bottles after each session. Drinking fountains will not be available for use.
  • Association website
  • Enforced by team liaison
  • Email to parents
2.3 Good respiratory hygiene/ cough etiquette
  • Cough or sneeze in a tissue or the bend of your arm, not the hand.
  • Dispose of any used tissues as soon as possible in a waste basket and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
GNB Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage
2.4 Additional hygiene guidelines
  • Minimize going in and out of doors, including the dressing rooms.
  • Facility doors are considered a high-risk touch point.
  • No sharing of drinks or food.
  • A towel should be used for emergencies only.
  • No spitting.
  • No blowing the nose without tissue.
  • Pre-game and post-game handshakes have been eliminated.
Association website

Section 3: Cleaning and Disinfecting

# Action Item Details of Implementation Communication Steps
3.1 Follow facility guidelines
  • Frequently touched objects and surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
  • Each facility will establish clear protocols of washing and disinfecting for the player's bench, dressing rooms, etc.
As outlined in facility operational plan
3.2 Equipment

Hockey equipment, including sticks and pucks, should be cleaned after each practice and game. 

  • Pucks: by coaching staff or parents (present at the arena)
  • Sticks: Team liaison communicates with parents
  • Player hockey gear: parents
  • Some equipment should be washed (jerseys, pant shells, mouth guards, socks) after each training session following manufacturers guidelines.
  • Association website
  • Enforced by team liaison

Section 4: Screening and Monitoring

# Action Item Details of Implementation Communication Steps
4.1 Sickness
  • If a participant does not feel well, they should stay home and advise the coach. All those participating in or attending a hockey activity should stay home if sick.
  • If a participant tests positive for COVID-19, refer to Appendix A.
Each team liaison should ensure there are clear directives regarding what to do in case players are not feeling well and steps taken by the team. See Appendix B
4.2 Pre-screening Ensure the screening questionnaire (Appendix D) is completed for all participants Prior to each team sanctioned activity. Anyone entering the facility will also have to do a self-assessment.
4.3 Contact tracing Team liaison will be responsible for collecting contact information for all players, spectators and volunteers who are associated with each group booking. (Appendix C). They MUST submit their list after each event PRIOR to leaving the facility.


Additional Resources

Covid-19 Response Committee Members


October 4, 2020
  • 1.1: Added "Any siblings brought to the arena must be closely monitored by the parent."
  • 1.2: Removed line about mask policy
  • Additional Resources: update link for HNB Return to Hockey Guidelines
  • Added section with Covid-19 Response Committee Members

If you would like to volunteer and become a member fo the Covid-19 Response Committee, please contact us.

October 19, 2020

Added frequently asked questions PDF from GNB Tourism, Heritage & Culture (Sport & Recreation Branch) for orange and yellow phases.