Mooretown Minor Hockey will be starting the season in St. Clair after all.
At the Township’s Sept. 8 council meeting association member Geoff Dale said “parents have severe concerns about dropping kids off at the rink.” He said it was unreasonable for younger players to navigate the arena without a parent.
The association asked for one parent per child to be allowed in, but arena staff said they weren’t ready for this. They instead said five extra adult volunteers could enter each ice session, and they would revisit the issue at the next meeting.
The association wasn’t willing to wait though, and booked ice times for their U9 and younger players on Walpole Island for the Oct. 3-4 weekend. Within an hour of annoucning this, Mooretown staff had reached out to the organization to continue work on a spectator plan.
During council on Sept. 21, Director of Community Services Kendall Lindsay revealed that starting Oct. 3 one parent per child will be allowed to attend at the Mooretown complex. He says this will allow staff “to keep us within our capacity of how many people are going to be in the facility and how they’re going to flow through the facility.”
“It gives us two more weeks toward getting everybody trained up in using the facility, and our flow and rules of the social distancing, wearing masks, and how the kids are getting on and off the ice safely,” says Lindsay.
Following the announcement, the hockey association said their younger age groups will be returning to the Moore Sports Complex ice for the Oct. 3 weekend.
“MTMHA wants to thank township staff and council for their work on this, as well as the numerous people that voiced their support throughout,” the organization wrote on their website. “It is very important that we continue to move forward this reopening safely. This will require everyone’s patience, understanding and following of the rules and protocol set forth by the arena.”
Alex Kurial, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Independent