New Capacity policy at all arena's, News (Sault Major Hockey)

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New Capacity policy at all arena's
Submitted By Mike Creedon on Thursday, March 11, 2021
Coaches, Managers, Bench Staff, Players and Parents. 
Parents and players are reminded that there is a  ONE PARENT PER GAME LIMIT at games and practices. 
Over the past weekend, there were numerous incidents of too many spectators in the rinks. 

Our maximum capacity at all games and practices is 50 people, regardless of location.  In some cases, the extra numbers in the rinks come from players and parents staying to watch the game where the other half of their teams are playing.  Unfortunately, this cannot continue. 
Parents and players are to leave the rink immediately following the conclusion of their game so that other parents can then have the privilege of watching their children play.
Now, before every game, the timekeeper will make the following announcement:  "SMHA thanks everyone for the their continuing cooperation with our Covid Safety protocols.  If your son/daughter is finished playing we ask that you now leave the building and wait for your player outside of the building so the spectators for this games can enjoy play without exceeding our Spectator limit.  Spectators are also reminded that wearing masks is mandatory while in all city facilities. 
IMPORTANT:  Effective immediately, if at any time during the game, the spectator count is above 50 people, the timekeeper or arena staff/ambassadors will STOP THE GAME.  The clock will continue to run. The game will remain stopped, with the clock running, until the spectator count drops below 50 people.  Once the spectator count is within the desired limits, the game will then continue. 
As soon as the game is stopped, the timekeeper will announce the following:"SMHA is above the APH limit of 50 people and the game cannot resume until our occupancy is below the APH mandated 50 people limit....SMHA thanks you for your cooperation"
Parents should know that if this continues to be a problem, it could result in no spectators allowed for any games or practices.  Sault Major understands and appreciates the joy it brings parents and families to watch the players playing the game they love.  Let's all work together to ensure that we can continue to have spectating an option throughout our new reality.  
Thanks for your cooperation
SMHA Executive

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