In preparation to host fans at the arena this season, the Chatham Maroons have laid out preparations to help keep the public, fans, staff and players safe this season.
The Jr. B hockey team announced its requirements for fans attending Maroons games at Memorial Arena, effective Sept. 11. A mandatory COVID-19 vaccination or rapid test policy will take effect. Anyone attending or working a game at Memorial Arena will need to be fully vaccinated and prove it by showing a vaccine receipt and photo ID.
Those who are not fully vaccinated must take a rapid COVID-19 test before entering Memorial Arena. Proof of a negative result must be presented within 12 hours of the test. The rapid test is a stopgap measure until the provincial vaccine “passport” takes effect on Sept. 22.
“As of then, individuals aged 12 and older will be required to confirm full COVID – 19 vaccination,” reads a post on the team’s official website.
In addition, visitors are required to wear a mask inside the facility at all times, except while drinking or engaging in an athletic or fitness activity as per public health directives.
“Please maintain social distance and remain in your seated area as much as possible to avoid gathering,” reads the post.
The regular season begins Sept. 25, as the Maroons hit the road to take on the Komoka Kings. The home opener at Memorial Arena is scheduled for Sept. 26 against the St. Marys Lincolns.
Due to COVID-19 protocols, the maximum capacity within Memorial Arena is 350 people in the order of arrival at the arena.
“The Maroons are ready to get back on the ice, in front of their fans, with safety being the main priority for our team, coaching staff, community, volunteers, and the visiting teams. Thank you for your cooperation,” reads the post from Bill Szekesy, President and General Manager Chatham Jr. Maroons Hockey Club and Vice President Karen Szekesy.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News