November 30, 2020
Lakeview Community Association (LCA) – Rink Opening Noon, November 30, 2020
Thank you to all of those who have provided input and thoughts regarding the safety of the LCA rinks. The focus during the recent temporary closure of the rink was to take the necessary time to plan a rink environment that is as safe as possible. As stated previously the safety and well-being of all Lakeview residents is of utmost importance.
I have received an overwhelming amount of offers of assistance to address the real concerns that the LCA Executive have. The positive feedback and the constructive suggestions that were offered shows how this community is willing to come together and work as a team. COVID-19 is a serious challenge, and we all need to play our part to keep our community safe
The result from the recent community meeting is that the rinks will be opened effective noon on November 30, 2020. There will be a number of actions that will be completed in the coming days that will address the safety concerns that the LCA Executive identified. These actions will assist everyone, on and off the rink, to meet the government mandates. Thank you for your patience as we worked through these action plans.
The primary concerns and action plans are as follows:
- Total capacity on each of the rinks.
- Skaters are asked to keep the maximum quantity of skaters on a single rink to 25.
- We are also asking skaters to be aware of the amount of time that they are using the ice to ensure that everyone can equally enjoy the rink.
- Lack of social distancing, on and off the rink.
- Benches are being built that will provide space for people to safely put on their skates while maintaining a 2-meter distance. The benches will be distributed around the perimeter of the rink so that the 10-person mandate can be kept.
- People not skating on the rinks are asked to maintain social distances and wear masks when needed. We are also encouraging people to BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) similar to summer sports.
- Communication to LCA Members.
- Signage in the area will be improved to provide clear guidance about what is needed to comply with the Alberta mandate.
- Signage will also provide community expectations about the common use of the rink.
There has been much discussion about expecting individual responsibility and ownership to protect themselves and others while using the rink. I believe this will happen. The actions taken recently will provide a safer environment and help us make better choices moving forward.
Thank you again to everyone in the Lakeview community, the LCA Rink Rats and the Board of Directors for their work.
Be safe, have fun “… and skate where the puck is going.”
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www.LakeviewYYC.ca or social media @LakeviewYYC
Marshall E Pope