8/10/2020 Update: Once again, we thank you for your patience as we continue to work toward a safe return to programming at IceWorld. We wanted to provide you with the latest information we have regarding Learn to Skate classes, Hockey Learn to Play classes, Figure Skating and Hockey drop in programs, and Youth and Adult Hockey leagues. We have been putting plans in place and it is our hope to begin offering limited Learn to Skate and Hockey Learn to Skate Programs, as well as Figure Skating and Hockey drop in programs the week of September 8. However, please keep in mind this date could change based on the city and county’s current stage of reopening or other guidance from state and local health officials.
Meanwhile, Youth and Adult Hockey league registration will open once we get confirmation from City of Boise leadership, Central District Health and other officials that it is safe to do so. League dates are to be determined and will be set according to the opening of registration, with the hope being to have a full hockey season.
Idaho IceWorld has implemented new health and safety protocols throughout the facility due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its continued spread in our community. Due to the a public health order that took effect in the City of Boise on July 4 requiring the use of facial coverings, all Idaho IceWorld users will be required to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth when inside the facility, including on the ice.
We will continue to communicate with you as additional in-depth details regarding programming become available. Thank you for your continued patience and support as we do all we can to keep employees and participants at our facility safe.
These rules and protocols should consider the following city established guidelines:
- All renters must allow for physical distancing of at least six feet between participants, players, coaches and parents during practices.
- During times when skaters are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between skaters on the sideline or bench.
- Due to the new public health order that took effect in the City of Boise on Saturday, July 4 requiring the use of facial coverings, all Idaho IceWorld users will be required to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth when inside the facility. This includes anyone playing hockey or skating on the ice.
- Drills, conditioning exercises etc. should be conducted in small group settings to keep distance between participants. Practices should not include scrimmages, one-one-one drills and other close contact situations.
- All renters must implement frequent hand washing and sanitizing opportunities into all practices or competitions.
- Clean all shared use equipment (auxiliary cord, pucks, goals, etc.) frequently throughout the session and encourage participants to clean their equipment before and after use.
- No handshakes, high fives or other contact is permitted to promote physical distancing.
- Do not allow shared water bottles or snacks at practices.
- Carpooling is discouraged to and from practice at this time.
- Limit any nonessential visitors, spectators, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations.
- Traveling outside of the local community may increase the chances of exposing participants, coaches, and fans to COVID-19, or unknowingly spreading it to others. Teams should consider competing only against teams in their local area (e.g., neighborhood, town, or community).
- Do not allow spitting and encourage everyone to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of their elbow.
- Clean hands frequently. If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used.
- Increase the amount of time between practices and competitions to allow for one group to depart before another group enters the facility. This also allows for more time to clean the facility between uses.
- Designate a youth sports program staff person to be responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns. All coaches, staff, officials, and families should know who this person is and how to contact them.
What to Expect When You Arrive
At Idaho IceWorld, there is a “staging area” or “on-deck” gear-up station to prep before their ice time, since locker rooms are currently unavailable.
And then 15 minutes before the private ice time participants can come in and finish any gearing up 6 feet apart alongside the rink.
Staying Home when Appropriate
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
- Actively encourage sick staff, families, and players to stay home.
- Individuals, including coaches, players, and families, should stay home if they have tested positive for or are showing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Individuals, including coaches, players, and families, who have recently had a close contact with a person with COVID-19 should also stay home and monitor their health.
Persons with COVID-19 symptoms who were directed to care for themselves at home, may discontinue home isolation under the following conditions:
- No fever without the use of fever-reducing medications for at least 3 full days (72 hours); and
- Improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Depending on the healthcare provider’s advice and availability of testing, persons might get tested to see if they still have COVID-19. If the individual will be tested, they can return to the field of play when they have no fever, symptoms have improved, and have received two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.
In addition, leagues and teams are expected to design their safe play protocols to match or exceed the following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Central District Health (CDH). Additional guidance from your professional sport organizations and leagues should also be considered.
CDC- Consideration for Youth Sports
Central District Health- Youth Sports Position Statement
Required Form to Submit
Contact us via email FIRST about ice availability before submitting the Health and Safety Plan of Action below. Staff needs to verify ice availability before proceeding.
Please submit your health and safety plan via the link below. Be sure to fill out the entire form.