City set to re-open ice surfaces following all COVID-19 safety guidelines

Skating returns to Fredericton with the reopening of ice surfaces at Grant-Harvey Centre starting in mid-July.

The Olympic ice surface at the Centre will re-open on July 13, 2020. This will be followed by the reopening of the NHL ice surface on July 20.

This follows a review of arena operations by the City of Fredericton, and the preparation of a COVID-19 Operational Plan intended to keep staff and the public safe.

With the proper operational plan in place, City staff will now begin the process of putting the ice back into the arena and preparing the building for public use once again.

In the meantime, and before play can begin, all ice user groups will be required to submit a “Return to Play” document to the City. This document, outlining how all COVID-19 requirements will be addressed, must be reviewed by City staff before user groups will be able to book ice time.

Individuals requesting to rent ice will also be required to read and follow the Province of New Brunswick Provincial COVID-19 Guidelines, as well as Facility Use COVID 19 Guidelines as stated on the City rental contract.

Additional considerations:

  • Only one parent/guardian will be allowed in the facility per participant.
  • Signage will be put in place at the facilities to help direct patrons and support physical distancing.
  • Wall mounted hand sanitizer units will be available on-site; however, the public is encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer to the facilities.
  • Facility users will be asked to arrive at the facility as close to “ready to play” as possible. This is intended to limit the time required to be in changing areas.
  • Additional ice sheets will be made available at other arenas at a later date, as demand dictates. This includes the Lady Beaverbrook Rink, Willie O’Ree Place and the York Arena.
  • The public may book ice time, following the same guidelines as ice user groups.
  • The walking tracks at Grant-Harvey Centre and Willie O’Ree Place remain closed at this time.

For more information, contact Fredericton Recreation at 506-460-2020 or recreation@fredericton.ca.