A new set of public health orders have gone into effect for the province of Manitoba on Friday morning. Included in those changes is the ruling that both teams and individuals will be allowed to practice and play games on outdoor ice surfaces/rinks, while individual players can be provided one-on-one skill development instruction/training from certified coaches at indoor venues.
On Thursday, Hockey Manitoba release Version V of its Return-To-Play framework, including updated Phase III protocol. More information on the current public health order can be found here.
From Hockey Manitoba:
The health and safety of our community and Hockey Manitoba members is of utmost importance and we will return to play when it is safe to do so. Physical distancing, mask wearing, proper hygiene, and screening are necessary steps that must be practiced in order to return to hockey safely and will assist in reducing the risk to the hockey community.
Based on the recommendation by the Province of Manitoba, Hockey Manitoba and its Board of Directors have made the decision to not allow sanctioned tournaments or events to take place at this time. Travel permit applications will also not be accepted for out of province travel at this time.
Hockey Manitoba’s Return to Play Plan incorporates the current requirements outlined in Stages 1 – 4 of the Government of Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services Plan, health and safety guidelines from Hockey Canada, and programming, registration and sanctioning for Hockey Manitoba.
Part of our commitment includes an ongoing and regular review of our RTP protocols based on the latest recommended COVID-19 health precautions, which will help to enhance the positive hockey experience under the province’s health directives.
The Return to Hockey Plan has three phases:
- Phase 1 – On-ice skill development (non-contact), online meetings and clinics, non-sanctioned activities
- Phase 2 (approved August 12, 2020 and will begin with sanctioned activity starting on September 1, 2020) – on-ice skill development (non-contact), drills, team tactics, online or in-person clinic, tryouts
- Phase 3 (approved on a regional/league basis October 1, 2020) – regular season competition (contact), game play (contact), practices (contact), travel
Hockey Manitoba continues to strive towards placing our members in a safe and healthy environment. Physical distancing, mask wearing, proper hygiene and screening are necessary steps that must be practiced in order to return to hockey safely and will assist in reducing the risk to the hockey community.
On Friday, the province of Manitoba announced 81 new cases of COVID-19, alongside four new deaths. Manitoba is up to 866 total deaths and 30,588 total cases. There have been 28,140 recoveries, while the province’s test positivity rate remains under five percent.