Operational Plan

Last updates: March 8, 2021 (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: Key Guidelines

General Guidelines

  1. Pre-screen at home before showing up at the rink, to ensure you are healthy and have
    no COVID-19 symptoms.
  2. Any children accompanying their parent/guardian is to stay seated next to them with their mask on. No running or playing is permitted.
  3. No members of a hockey team are allowed to enter the building until a team liaison is ready for contact tracing.
  4. Players are allowed to enter the building 20 minutes prior to ice-time.
  5. Masks must worn at all times off-ice.
  6. No food or drink is permitted. 
  7. 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.

Dressing Rooms

  1. Players are only allowed in the dressing room 20 minutes prior to ice time
  2. Players must leave dressing room no more than 10 minutes after session in Campbellton, and 20 min after in Dalhousie.
  3. Players in divisions U7 and U9, one parent will be permitted to enter the room.
  4. Players in division U11 and older, parents are only permitted in the room at the request from a member of the coaching staff.
  5. Showers are not permitted.

Traffic Flow

Members are to follow the traffic flow in the specific arena (Appendix F). It is really important to keep in mind, we enter the rink, go to our seats, respect social distancing and remain there until the end of the event.

Dalhousie Traffic Flow

  • One parent/guardian can enter and accompany their child 20 min before stepping on the ice.
  • Additional parents and/or spectators must come in 5 minutes prior to game start, sign the arena's contact tracing sheet and go directly up the stairs to the seating areas:
    • Teams using rooms 1 or 2, parents or guardians must be seated in sections 3, 5 and 7 only.
    • Teams using rooms 3 or 4, parents or guardians must be seated in sections 4, 6 and 8 only.
  • One parent can go to the dressing room area after the event is done.
  • All other parents or spectators must exit via the same steps used to enter the rink.
  • Players, parents and coaches must exit via the “side doors” closest to their room and not via the “main” entrance doors.
  • We can not go “warm up” in any other areas of the rinks, stairwells, lobby, etc.

Campbellton Traffic Flow

  • Enter the main doors (located North) and proceed to the designated seated areas.
  • After the event (game/practise) is done, exit at the South end of the rink. Either South West or South East depending on which side of the rink your child's team dressing room is. Do not use the same door by which you entered the rink.

Section 2: Health and Respiratory Hygiene

# Action Item Details of Implementation
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.
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.
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.
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.

Section 3: Cleaning and Disinfecting

# Action Item Details of Implementation
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.
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.

Section 4: Screening and Monitoring

# Action Item Details of Implementation
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.
4.2 Pre-screening
  • Ensure the screening questionnaire (Appendix D) is completed for all participants Prior to each team sanctioned activity.
  • If a player has two of the Covid-19 symptoms they must stay home.
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). See Team Liaison page for detailed description of responsabilities.
4.4 Timekeepers
  • They will be responsible to present themselves at the arena 15 minutes prior to the game.
  • They shall give their name and contact information to the team liaison.
  • They shall follow the arenas operational plan for traffic flow and safety procedures in place.


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.

October 22, 2020

Updated HNB Return to Hockey Guidelines (Version 3).

Updates to the document include:

  • Section 4 – Safety Guidelines – masks are now required by Government of New Brunswick.
  • Section 6 – Return to Hockey Structure – additional information related to Facilities (spectators, contacting tracing, pre-screening, masks, dressing rooms / showers, arrival / departure times). As well as updates to ‘Areas of Focus’ during game play (altercations / scrums, spitting, benches, goal celebrations, handshakes, suspensions, regional play).
  • Section 6 – Return to Hockey Structure – Phases 3, 4 and 5 – under contact, addition of physical distancing requirements outside of the field of play (dressing rooms, team gatherings, etc).
  • Section 6 – Return to Hockey Structure – Phase 4 travel, changed to play within league or exhibition games within zone.
November 20, 2020
  • Section 1.1: Update policy for dressing rooms
  • Appendixes: Update Campbellton Civic Centre Operational Plan
  • Appendixes: Update the GNB Sports & Recreational Branch FAQ
November 21, 2020

Section 1.1: Update one parent per child to two parents per child

November 25, 2020

Appendixes: Update Dalhousie Inch Arran Ice Palace Operational Plan

November 27, 2020
  • Section 1.1: Update policy for when to enter building.
  • Section 1.2: Update policy for when to leaving building in Dalhousie/Campbellton.
  • Section 1.3: Update policy for wearing masks at all times.
  • Section 4.3: Add link to Team Liaison page.
  • Section 4.4: Add new item for timekeepers.
  • Appendix E/F: Changed Appendix E to F, Appendix E is now a link to the listing of Operational plans on Team Liaison page. Appendix F now documents/PDF section.
  • Appendix F: Update Return to Hockey Guidelines to version 4. Updates include:
    • Section 4 – Safety Guidelines – Revised protocols for members who are sick or showing signs of COVID-19, as well as additional information related to Screening Protocols.
    • Section 4 – Safety Guidelines - New Screening Protocols for health zones that are in the Orange Alert Phase.
    • Section 4 – Safety Guidelines - Outlined process for positive COVID-19 test.
    • Section 6 – Return to Hockey Structure – Minor Hockey Associations whose boundaries in a health zone that moves to the Orange Alert Phase 1, will revert to Phase 1 in HNB Return to Hockey Guidelines.
    • Section 6 – Return to Hockey Structure – For associations in the Orange Alert Phase, Affiliate players are not permitted at practice.
    • Section 6 – Return to Hockey Structure – Detailed protocols for the hosting of tournaments.
    • Section 6 – Return to Hockey Structure - Goal Celebrations – added detail on what’s permitted.
    • Appendix C – Contact Tracing Registry – Column added for ‘guests’ to be included.
    • Appendix I – Government of New Brunswick FAQ’s added
December 2, 2020
  • Appendixes: Update Campbellton Civic Centre Operational Plan.
  • Appendixes: Update the GNB Sports & Recreational Branch FAQ
January 7, 2021
  • Renamed and changed layout of first section.
  • Appendixes: Update the GNB Sports & Recreational Branch FAQ
  • Appendix F: Update Return to Hockey Guidelines to version 6.
February 20, 2021
  • Added traffic flow information for both arenas.
  • Appendix F: Update Return to Hockey Guidelines to version 7.
February 26, 2021
  • Appendix F: Update the GNB Sports & Recreational Branch FAQ
  • Appendix F: Update Return to Hockey Guidelines to version 8.
March 8, 2021
  • Section 1: Update Dalhousie traffic flow policy.
  • Appendix F: Update Return to Hockey Guidelines to version 8.

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