Return to Hockey - March 1, 2021 (Whitby Girls Hockey Association)

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Hockey will commence on March 1, 2021.  Please ensure you refamiliarize yourself with the protocols that had been put in place prior to the Grey Lockdown in December 2020.

Please always remember that the health and safety of the players and volunteers is the WGHA's number one priority.  It is imperative that the self-screening questionnaire, whether through the Digital Health Check app or paper, be filled out accurately for all participants and parents or guardians. 

Please ensure to correctly mark "yes" or "no" on the appropriate boxes on the screening questionnaire.  If a player, parent or guardian, or volunteer does not receive a pass, please follow the instructions and do not attend the on or off-ice activity.  If you find yourself in this situation, please remember to email the COVID Oversight Team at [email protected].  

Reminder: All participants and parents or guardians must be ready at the door to be let in by arena staff and there are no in/out privileges.  If you are late you will not be allowed to enter.

Your team's schedule has been updated and posted on the site.  You can refer to it for your upcoming ice times.


Who provides the guidelines for Return to Hockey?

Hockey Canada, the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF), Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA), Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA), Skate Canada and Ringette Ontario, as well as Durham Public Health, provide the protocols and return to play guidelines to encourage physical distancing and to ensure the safety of everyone.

Please also review the Return to Hockey Protocols provided by the OWHA here.

What stage of Return to Hockey are we currently in?

We are currently in the 
RED Control Level of the Provincial Framework and will be following the same process that was in place prior to the move to the Grey Lockdown in December 2020.  

What were the protocols put in place prior to the 
Grey Lockdown in December 2020?

No game play or scrimmages are allowed at this time. However, skill development and training can continue. As such, arena permits can continue under the updated criteria below:

  • The total number of members of the public permitted to in all classes, organized programs or organized activities at any one time indoors in a facility must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from other persons at the facility, and in any event cannot exceed 10 people.

    • The limit of 10 people applies to members of the public participating in classes, organized programs or organized activities;
    • 2 Coaches on the ice and 1 Trainer on the bench/stands (depending which side you are on) will be permitted in addition to the 10 participants.


  • No spectators are permitted to be in the facility. However, a person under the age of 18 years who is engaged in activities in the facility may be accompanied by one parent or guardian. The parent or guardian accompanying a person under the age of 18 years is not considered a participant in the class, organized program or organized activities and is not included in the 10 person limit above.

  • Change rooms and locker rooms are not available, participants need to enter the building dressed (as much as possible).

  • Teams must follow and review Return to Play guidelines.

  • Showers are not available at this time.

  • Water fountains and water bottle filling stations will be closed.

  • Organizations must arrange for a volunteer to oversee participant and spectator capacities are adhered to during each session.

  • Warm-ups will not be allowed inside the facility under any circumstances.

  • Concessions, Pro Shop and Customer service desks will remain closed until further notice.

  • A designated gender neutral washroom will be available for each arena.


You can review the Town of Whitby Arena Protocols here.

Do we have to complete a health screen before we come to the rink?  

Yes.  All parents or guardians, players, coaches, trainers and instructors are required to complete the self-screening questionnaire prior to participating in any hockey related activities.  This can be done through the Digital Health Check app.

Where do I find the instructions for the SportsHeadz Digital Health Check app?

Instructions for Team Webmasters (managers/coaches):
Instructions for Parents:

What Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should I be wearing?

Coaches/Trainers/Team Staff:  Must wear, at a minimum, a non-medical face mask when in open areas of facility and must be in compliance in areas and facilities where it is mandated.  Coaches and on-ice staff are not required to wear a face mask while skating.  Trainers are required to wear one at all times.

Players:  Must wear, at a minimum, a non-medical face mask when in open areas of facility and must be in compliance in areas and facilities where it is mandated.  Players are not required to wear a face mask while skating.

Participants are not to touch or handle equipment belonging to another person unless there is no alternative.

Can parents or guardians watch?  

The Town of Whitby has advised that a person under the age of 18 years who is engaged in activities in the facility may be accompanied by one parent or guardian.  The parent or guardian must fill out the self-screening questionnaire. 

Will players be using the dressing rooms?  

At this time, players will not be permitted to use the dressing rooms. Players will come to the rink dressed in most of their equipment and put on their remaining items (skates, helmet, gloves) once they arrive. We will continue to work with the Town of Whitby and the Durham Public Health Unit to determine the safest way for players to dress and undress.