COVID-19 Recovery

Phase 2

August 18, 2020


RE: Updated Regulations for Spectators at Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre


Dear Valued Patrons,


The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused our facility to closely monitor our daily operations, and remain flexible to the ever-changing provincial and community regulations.


As of August 10, 2020, we have both ice surfaces operating at the Membertou Sport & Wellness Centre, however due to many spectators not following our facility’s COVID-19 distancing rules, and our responsibility to adhere to public health protocols, we are updating our operations as of Monday August 24, 2020.


Beginning on Monday August 24, 2020, parents, guardians and spectators of any kind are not permitted to watch practices, camps, or play.


An exception to this rule is parents/guardians of the U7-11 leagues and younger (IP, Novice and Atom). One parent or guardians will be permitted to take their player into the facility, assist them with necessary equipment (skate tying, securing helmets, etc.), and then will be kindly asked to respect the rules and leave their child to go on the ice, and return to pick them up in the parking lot following their ice time.


We understand this may cause some initial getting used to on the part of players and the parents/guardians. However, to adhere to the necessary regulations, it’s a step we must take to ensure the safety of our community. It’s a step we must also take to ensure our facility can remain open during these uncertain times.


This rule in no way impacts ice times – all practices and play will continue as scheduled.


We thank those spectators who did respect the rules from the outset, and hope you can understand our responsibility to ensure health and safety for all.


If or when the provincial regulations loosen, we will be reassessing our ‘no spectators’ policy and will provide an update to our patrons at that time.


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation on this matter.



Paul Carroll, General Manager, Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre

Richard Paul, Chief Operating Officer, Membertou Development Corporation

Phase 1

The Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre will open on July 6, 2020 with the following guidelines:


The following steps will be followed at MSWC for Phase One:

  • One ice surface will be put in for phase one
  • Maximum on the ice 20 includes players and coaches (2 groups of 10) based on guidelines of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province of Nova Scotia. Social distancing is not required as long as remain within their group of 10.
  • Patrons will have access to two dressing rooms per ice rental (one for each group of 10)
  • Players will be expected to arrive 15 before ice time and leave within 10 minutes after
  • Players will be expected to arrive dressed for ice time
  • Only one parent or guardian to accompany player into the facility
  • Stands will remain closed until further notice
  • No adult hockey for the foreseeable future. Please stay tuned for date.
  • Intermissions Café with remain closed for the foreseeable future
  • No food & beverage is to be brought into the facility
  • The lobby area will be restricted to flow through traffic only and spectators waiting for their players to finish are not permitted to wait in the lobby. The front entrance will be clearly marked as to which door is enter and which door is an exit, restricting any cross-traffic pattern where at all possible.
  • Ice rinks start and finish times will be staggered to ensure minimum patron traffic, as well as longer gaps between sessions to allow time for disinfecting processes to be followed.
  • No public skating during Phase One
  • Walking track will remain closed until further notice
  • YMCA will reopen under new COVID-19 regulations on June 15, 2020.