The Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex family has appreciated the loyalty that all of you have blessed us with. We closed our doors March 16th to do our part in flattening the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic. From the first day we were closed, we have been planning for our eventual reopening.
The Reopening Sports & Recreation Guidelines that were provided by New York State provides clear guidelines that are mandatory for all sports facilities to adhere to when reopening. In addition, it provides a multitude of highly recommended protocols that can be incorporated, above and beyond those guidelines that are mandated. With the health and safety of all stakeholders of our organization in mind, we have elected to incorporate all such recommendations into our formal reopening plan, to provide assurance to all that Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex is a safe environment for people of all ages to bring sports back into their lives.
While the formal guidelines provided to us are very complex, the goal is quite simple--adapt our operational model to incorporate the sole principles of strict social distancing, adopt rigorous cleaning and sanitation procedures, and to educate our staff and customers on best practices for health and hygiene.
The health and safety of our patrons and staff has always been the top priority of our organization, and after many weeks of preparation, we believe that we can not only meet that standard--but will exceed it.
In order to reopen safely, all faculty and patrons will be expected to embrace a philosophy of community responsibility while at the Iceplex. Everyone who enters our building must willingly respect the understanding that others may have families with at-risk individuals that they go home to.
With a large hockey community present in Monroe County, it is both the sports facilities and customers responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to their teammates, friends, and family. We must all work together so we can continue to progress into our phased approach, which will result in getting back to competitive hockey.
If you have specific questions with any of our updated policies, please contact us. We are doing our very best to protect the health of our guests and staff, while continuing to provide fun and educational classes. As recommendations for preventing the transfer of COVID-19 evolve, our policies will evolve with them. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you all back at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex.
Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex Full Reopening Plan - click here
KEY PROTOCOLS FOR ICE HOCKEY TEAMS
In response to games resuming as of 2/1/21
Entry/Exit Time & Spectator Restrictions
Participants will be able to enter the complex 20 minutes prior to their scheduled time and must exit immediately following the completion of their ice session (no later than 15 minutes).
Participants/players that are 17 years of age and under are permitted to have no more than two (2) spectators join them at the facility. Spectators are required to arrive and check in with the participant at the front desk. Spectators that arrive after a participant has checked in will not be permitted entry.
Per NCAA protocols, spectators will not be permitted at any collegiate ice hockey games.
For a few select games that take place on Rink #2 or Rink #3, Section V will be restricting spectator opportunities for high school games, so we urge all families of high school athletes check with their team on any restrictions that may apply to games hosted at the Iceplex.
Adult (18+) participants/players are not permitted to have a spectator accompany them on site.
For the health and safety of all guests, we encourage participants/players who are able and willing to be unsupervised, to not bring spectators to the facility when possible.
Masks will be required for all who enter the building and must be worn at all times (other than for players—who can remove masks only while on the ice for an activity). Spectators, coaches, and on-ice personnel are required to wear a mask at all times while in the facility.
Locker rooms will be made available for most activities, but only within the framework of NYS Guidelines. Occupancy for each locker room is set for a maximum of 10 people (any combination of players and/or coaches, with 10 being the maximum allowable in any locker room at once).
Directly outside of each locker room is additional seating (socially distant chairs), which are to be used as overflow changing areas when a team has more than 10 room occupants.
Masks must be worn at all times while in locker rooms, and for all youth hockey activities, a coach/manager must be present at all times to assure proper social distancing and mask usage compliance.
All guests/participants are required to practice physical distancing by standing at least six feet away from other groups while in the facility—lobby areas, viewing areas, standing in lines, using elevators, moving around the property, etc.
These are a few key areas that pertain to ice hockey teams (coaches, players, staff, players, and families), however we ask that you make yourself familiar with all venue protocols (click here to view).