COVID-19 Safety Plan

The Richmond Rockets Speed Skating club has prepared a Return to Sport Policy to minimize the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus, based on current BCSSA Guidelines.  A summary of the policy is below. Failure to comply will result in the participant’s removal from activities.

  1. All skaters (“participants”), coaches, associates, volunteers and guardians (“support personnel”) will each be required to conduct daily symptom screening using a wellness questionnaire or self-assessment on the RRSSC Health Declaration page before coming to each practice.
  2. No spitting policy will be enforced.
  3. All skating and non-skating participants and support personnel will be required to bring and wear their own face covering at all times. This includes all club on and off-ice gatherings and activities, such as check-in areas, and pick up areas, whether indoor or outdoors. Entry to the facility will be denied if no masks are worn.
  4. Non-medical masks are acceptable except for vented masks. Masks must be secure and not at risk of falling off during practice.
  5. Arrive 10-15 min prior to your session.
  6. Group 1: Arrive fully dressed preferably with skates on with own filled water bottle before leaving the car. Check in with group coordinator. Coordinator will lead you to the designated staging area. Parents/Guardians are to drop off skaters at the check in area and pick up at the designated exit location. Spectating and loitering are not permitted in the facility.
  7. Group 2: Arrive fully dressed, skaters are responsible to bring a plastic bin with a lid (~20L) to store their own equipment such as their own filled water bottle, cloth to wipe skate blades, an extra mask, skate guards and any other personal items to practice & labelled with their name.
  8. No water bottles on cart or skate guards on boards
  9. Avoid touching eyes nose mouth, cough into sleeve
  10. Sanitize hands before and after the practice.
  11. Maintain 3m physical distance at all times – when entering and exiting the facility, and on all on-ice and off-ice club activities.
  12. Do not touch equipment other than your own – mats setup and take down by Oval and Coach only. Avoid touching boards, mats.
  13. Wipes will be made available for use in the event a skater crashes into the mats during the practice. Coaches will be responsible for wiping the mats if needed.
  14. Sanitize seating area before leaving. Sanitizing spray and towels will be provided.
  15. Leave through designated exit to parking lot.
  16. At present, adults 22 and up and sanctioned competitions are not permitted per PHO directives.

Updates to the guidelines will be posted and communicated to skaters as the situation changes via TeamSnap and e-mail. It is mandatory for skaters or parents to install the TeamSnap app on their devices.

While we do hope things will return to normal in the not too distant future, currently this will be the new normal until we are advised otherwise by public health authorities. Our Return to Sport Policy is based on current public health guidance. While we are all doing our best to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19, as the virus circulates in our communities it is impossible to completely eliminate the risk. Each participant must make their own decision as to whether it is in their best interest to resume participation at this time. You must take into account your own circumstances and make the decision that is right for you. Should you choose to join us, we require your full cooperation with our Return to Sport Policy.

Return to Sports Policy – December 7, 2020

Links to guidelines from governing bodies:

Richmond Olympic Oval – COVID-19 Safety

BC Speed Skating Association Safety


BC Province Wide Restrictions

Speed Skating Canada – COVID-19

Where there are differing policies given by separate organizations, the guideline is that the most restrictive policy apply.

Updated 03-04-2021