Thursday October 15th, the BMHA received more details on the Province of Ontario’s modified stage-two restrictions being imposed on the City of Ottawa.
Further clarification has been provided as follows and will be in effect as of October 15, 2020.
- A maximum of 10 people are permitted on the ice at the same time for team practices or skating lessons.
· Coaches are included in the 10-person count.
· Spectators are not permitted.
· Dressing rooms are closed, to be used for storage and first aid use only.
· Participants must arrive dressed to skate.
· Fifteen minutes before the start time, groups will be admitted to the skate tying area.
Regrettably, these restrictions make it unsustainable for the association to continue its programming.
As such, effective 12:01 am Thursday October 16, the BMHA is pausing all of its house league programming until November 6 at 11:59pm.
As this is an on-going development, the Board needs time to assess the financial impact and will provide further communication about this topic at a later date. The decision to suspend our programming took into account the need for our association to help fight the curve. The health and well being of our members and extended families has to be our priority while providing quality programs.
We know this is very disheartening news for many of our members and kindly ask for your patience and understanding as we actively navigate the next steps. We look forward to welcoming the players back on the ice as soon as it is sustainable.
All financial aspects will be assessed at a future date when more information is known.
City or Ottawa restrictions: https://ottawa.ca/en/news/city-further-clarifies-provincial-restrictions-impact-recreation-activities-and-rentals
Stay active! Off-ice training is just as important for hockey development as being on the ice. Speed, power, strength, flexibility and conditioning will enhance their on-ice skills.
Check out Hockey Canada’s training videos. https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/news/2019-20-news-active-with-adam-conditioning
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