Skate Ontario Return to Play – Stage 1

Thank you to everyone who attended our virtual townhall meeting last night where we discussed Skate Ontario’s Stage 1 – Return to Play protocols. To view the townhall, please visit our Facebook page or subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

We are now able to confirm the level of skater who may return to the ice during the province’s current Stage 1 reopening phase. At this time, skating will be restricted to skaters at the Novice, Junior and Senior levels for Singles, Pairs and Dance and the Junior and Senior level for SYS skaters.

We appreciate that many other skaters and coaches at all levels are also eager to get back on the ice as soon as possible.  Skate Ontario is committed to ensuring the return to skating is taking place in a safe and measured manner.  During Stage 1, public health standards in Ontario restrict children from going to school as well as seeing their friends and family outside their immediate households. We plan to use the time during Stage 1 to monitor and adjust our Return to Skating protocols as needed, so that we are prepared when the government announces changes to parameters for gatherings and amateur sport training at Stage 2 and beyond.

As discussed during last night’s townhall, we will also be distributing our Return to Play protocols shortly so that our stakeholders can use these in their preparations for returning to the ice. We anticipate this document will be distributed next week. Please continue to check the Skate Ontario website and the Skate Ontario COVID-19 Info Centre for announcements.

Skate Ontario looks forward to continuing our safe and measured approach to the return of play in our province.  We will continue to proceed in accordance with provincial guidelines to ensure that our skating community is prepared when the guidelines for future Stages are released.

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