CENTRE WELLINGTON – On Oct. 5 minor sports groups here will return to the ice at local arenas for the first time in over six months.
“We have done exceptionally well as a community to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Centre Wellington,” Mayor Kelly Linton stated in an Oct. 1 press release.
“As the province eases restrictions and additional activities resume, we want to maintain the same commitment. Our residents want to participate in physical activity and engage socially in a protective environment.”
Linton added, “By opening all three of our ice surfaces in a safe and responsible way we are giving our community the opportunity they are asking for.”
The township is opening the ice at the Elora Arena and both pads at the sportsplex in Fergus in phases.
“A phased approach will allow for staff to adjust as needed, ensure facility limits for mandatory capacity … are enforced and safely re-open to priority users,” states the township release.
During phase one ice is available for minor sports groups only, including the CW Minor Hockey Association, Grand River Girls Hockey, Elora Fergus Ringette, Elora Skating Club and the Fergus Skating Club.
The arenas will operate Monday to Friday from 4 to 11pm and on weekends from 7am to 10pm.
Private rentals, township programming (such as public skating and shinny), tournaments or special events will not be allowed in phase one.
Parents and players must follow a number of new protocols, which are available at www.connectcw.ca.