Good afternoon ARHA House League Families.

We are writing with some good news. The Province and GTHL have informed us that we can resume the season, and the City is reopening Baycrest, effective January 31, 2022.

For the first week, from January 31 through February 3, we are allowed to hold skills sessions. ARHA has arranged trainers to be on-site for that programming. Starting from February 6, we can resume our regular programming.

However, a number of rules will remain in place in order for your child to participate.

To enter the arena, everyone 12 and over must show proof of full vaccination. And effective January 31, only the provincial QR coded proof will be accepted. If you have not done so already, please download and have your QR ready.

Players under 12 who are not fully vaccinated, and returned from travel from outside the country cannot enter the arena for 14 days from their return (because such individuals are supposed to be quarantining).

All people, including players, must complete and pass the city’s health screening questionnaire before entering the arena, and attest to that using TeamSnap.

If you or ANYONE IN YOUR HOUSE has tested positive for covid (including on a rapid test) in the last five days, you cannot enter the arena.

If you or ANYONE IN YOUR HOUSE has any one of a fever, cough, trouble breathing, or loss of taste/smell in the last five days, you cannot enter the arena.

If you or ANYONE IN YOUR HOUSE has any two of the following symptoms in the last five days, you cannot enter the arena: sore throat, headache, fatigue, runny nose/congestion, aches, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea.

If your unvaccinated player under 12 has been notified that they were in close contact with someone outside your house and must isolate, they cannot enter the arena (this might be the case where Public Health has declared an outbreak at your player’s school).

Basically, if anyone is sick in your house, please, out of respect for everyone else in the league, don’t come to the rink. It’s just a simple matter of respect for others. In most cases, it means your child will miss just one game.

Once inside the arena, the mask rule will apply. The only people who can remove their masks are players while on the ice playing. Everyone else, including players in the dressing rooms, must wear masks. There is NO eating or drinking except for players on the ice with water bottles. No coffee in the observation area.

There is also a capacity limit in place at the arena – so, please, only one parent or guardian per player maximum.

The GTHL and the City recommend that players come fully dressed to games, to minimize the amount of time in the dressing rooms. ARHA has no information on air handling in those dressing rooms.

On a positive note, our jerseys and socks are here. We’ll have staff on hand during the skills week to hand those out to coaches for distribution, so that players can come fully dressed in their correct uniforms for the first week back of games starting on February 6.

Thank you for your cooperation. We’ll be updating the TeamSnap schedules over the weekend.

Be well,
Avi (house league manager) on behalf of Don Mintz (director) and Alan Simon (president) and the entire ARHA volunteer leadership group