COVID-19 News and Protocols

Due to the restrictions placed upon the club by the Provincial and local governments along with strict guidelines and polices from Skate Ontario and Skate Canada, the club has had to make many changes to our procedures and practices. Therefore it is important for skaters and their parents to fully understand the procedures they will be required to follow. It is also important to understand the implications of non conformity and the steps to be taken in the unlikely event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 within our members. We have tried to take all appropriate measures to mitigate any risks to skaters, and ask that you help us with your vigilance, cooperation and understanding so that we can make this both fun and safe for skaters while navigating the ever changing restrictions and guidance.

Please read the following thoroughly. 






Dear Skaters & Parents, 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, HESC has had to update and modify our policies for the 2020 - 2021 season. Information may be updated or changed throughout the season to accommodate for the changes surrounding the pandemic. These changes will be communicated to you through a variety of measures including, email, social media, virtual meetings and during on ice sessions. Please ensure all email addresses are up to date on your website UPLIFTER account. 

HESC has developed this document in order to assist and guide you with a safe Return to Skate.  Our programming must adhere to all Federal, Provincial and Municipal laws/regulations/by-laws.  This includes, but is not limited to compliance with: 

  • Physical distancing measures 

  • Health & safety regulations

  • Size of permitted gatherings 

  • Skate Canada rules, policies and procedures 

  • Skate Ontario rules, policies and procedures

  • Safe Sport for All policies and procedures 

  • Applicable occupational health and safety requirements 

  • Facility requirements and procedures. (Note: the Town of Erin is presently in Stage 3 of re-opening.)  

We ask that you please take the time to review this document and if you have any questions please reach out via email.


In addition: please visit our website - under the Registrations Tab - complete and print the COVID-19 waiver.  Please bring this document to your first session.  It is required before skaters are permitted on the ice.


Thank you.


Hillsburgh-Erin Skating Club Board







  • Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled start time, entry will not be permitted before this. Watch for signage directing the flow of foot traffic and please maintain physical distance.  Adults and skaters MUST wear masks into the facility.

  • If you or your skater does not feel well, PLEASE DO NOT come to the arena.

  • Ideally, skaters should arrive to the arena ready to go onto the ice.  Skates with hard-guards can be worn into the facility.  Please leave personal belonging in your vehicle and limit what is brought into the arena. 

  • ONE ADULT per family is permitted to enter the facility.  There are no in-and-out privileges.

  • Upon entry to the facility, you will be directed to the Town of Erin’s Screening Area.  You can complete a COVID Screening questionnaire in person, or you can complete pre-screening through the Town of Erin website: 



Upon completion, you will receive a time-stamped email that you may then present to the Town Staff (you may show this email on your Smartphone). It is encouraged that you complete the screening prior to arriving at the arena to save time.  This must be completed for EVERY session.

  • Attendance for each session will be taken by an HESC Volunteer (for contact tracing purposes). Name tags will be provided on first attendance and MUST be worn and visible upon entering the facility.  Please take the nametag home and have your child wear at every session.

  • Parents will be able to assist skaters with their equipment if necessary, there are designated areas for this.  Dressing rooms are available for overflow in the skate-tying areas.  Helmets on, masks off.  Parents, after helping your child, please immediately vacate to the viewing area.  

  • Adults participating in the Parents and Tots programming are required to wear masks on the ice.

  • The designated viewing area, at both the Erin and Hillsburgh facility, is in the stands.  Parents may not sit in the lobby.  Please dress appropriately (it’s cold!) and please watch for physical distancing markers.

  • Failure to comply with rules, protocols or physical distancing requirements can result in immediate removal from the facility and a non-refundable cancellation of that ice time.








  • All skaters at this time must be CanSkate Stage 2 or higher. Stage 1 skaters may participate in programs if they are able to stand, maneuver without assistance and recover from falls independently.

  • No PreCanSkate can be offered at this time.

  • Coaches are not permitted to provide hands-on assistance to skaters.

  • Adults on ice as part of the Parent and Tot programming are asked to maintain physical distancing from other skaters at all times.

  • Skaters will not be permitted to leave the ice surface unless they have to use the washroom or they are unwell. Washrooms will be available for those participating on the ice and skaters must ask for coach permission to leave the ice for washroom use.

  • Any skaters feeling unwell during their skating session will be directed to an isolation room provided by the facility and parents will be contacted.

  • Coaches are encouraged to wear a mask at all times and will maintain a 2-meter distance from skaters and other coaches at all times.

  • Coaches and volunteers are responsible for sanitizing the equipment use on-ice.


  • Once the skating session is over, should your child require assistance, please follow the flow of traffic markings to reach your child and help them with their equipment.

  • Helmets off, masks on.

  • You must leave the facility within 15 minutes of exiting the ice surface.

Here is a download/printable  version of the above.

Hillsburgh Arena video

Erin Arena Video



  • PLEASE ENSURE that your email and contact information are up to date on your Uplifter account.  Important information (Return to Play Updates or necessary pandemic notifications) will be distributed through this platform (e-blasts), on our website and on our social media platforms.

  • All communications/documents, health screenings performed by HESC and daily participation tracking sheets will be stored in a COVID-19 file for future reference if required.

  • In the event that one of our program participants becomes ill and tests positive for COVID-19, the facility, Public Health and Skate Ontario will be notified.  The Board will work with these entities and inform all club members that may have been in close contact with that individual during our programming time.  

  • Any club members who were in close contact with the individual should not participate in club activities for 14 days and should follow public health guidelines regarding self-isolation and testing.

  • Any individual waiting results of a COVID-19 test may not perform in club programming. 

  • If no test was performed, or the COVID-19 test was negative, the individual may only return to club activities once they no longer have any symptoms of COVID-19 for at least 24 hours.

  • Any club members who have travelled outside of Canada, must self-isolate and not participate in club activities for 14 days.

  • Any individual who has been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should self-isolate and is not permitted to participate in club activities for 14 days.


Covid-19 Refund Policy

In the event of a program shut down imposed by a change to COVID-19 regulations by the Government of Ontario, Public Health, or the Town of Erin, Hillsburgh Erin Skating Club will offer refunds on a pro-rated basis for lessons that could not be offered.

More information can be found on the Skate Ontario website here-