Additional Groups Permitted in City-Owned Arenas

Additional Groups Permitted in City-Owned Arenas
Posted on 10/22/2020

The Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce that its revised operational plans for both Cody Banks Arena and Simmons Sport Centre have been approved by the Chief Public Health Office. The new operational plans mean that there can be up to 50 spectators in the stands during games, up to 50 on the ice, and up to 50 in the dressing rooms preparing for the next game.

“The health and safety of the players, coaches, volunteers, and spectators is of the utmost importance, therefore it is imperative we adhere to the three W’s – wash your hands, watch your distance, and wear your mask,” said Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown. “At the same time, we want to balance the desire of our citizens to still be able to show their support and cheer on their favourite players in a safe way.”

Previous operational plans for the two City-owned and operated facilities allowed for only 50 people in the buildings at one time per ice time, including spectators and those on the ice surface. It often meant the stands were left almost empty. Most user groups had upwards of fifty skaters on the ice, which left little room for spectators in order to remain compliant with the CPHO gathering guidelines of a maximum of 50 per cohort.

“This really is the best of both worlds where we are adhering to COVID-19 restrictions and guidance from the Chief Public Health Office but we’re also able to make sure we’re giving the user groups and their fans the best experience possible under the circumstances,” said Councillor Terry Bernard, Chair of the City’s Parks, Recreation and Leisure Activities Committee. “I commend the Parks and Recreation staff for their work on these operational plans and thank the public and the user groups for their continued cooperation and patience. It has been a great partnership as everyone wants what’s best for the players and their families.”

Those in the stands are expected to wear masks if physical distancing cannot be maintained, although anyone entering the arenas should check with their specific organization first as some have set additional rules and restrictions above and beyond that of the operational plans for the facilities.

For more general information about the indoor facilities in Charlottetown, visit: https://www.charlottetown.ca/leisure___recreation/facilities/indoor_facilities