Covid-19 guidance - Keeping skaters, coaches and spectators safe

With the emergence of a new Covid-19 variant, changing Government guidance and increasing case numbers across the UK British Ice Skating, Ice Rink Manager’s Associations & the English Ice Hockey Association recommend the following to ensure the safety of all venue users.

  • Face coverings are to be worn in all areas of the ice rink and venue except when taking part in an activity.

  • Coaches should wear face coverings alongside all other users. The exemption to this is when they are exercising, demonstrating, taking part in an activity or delivering whilst social distancing.

  • We recommend clubs request participants and spectators complete and provide evidence of a negative conventional Lateral Flow Test or a Saliva Rapid Antigen Test when attending training or competing. This requirement should form part of a club’s risk assessment based on its activities and venue layout.

  • Some events may be required by law to carry out Covid-19 status checks based on their assessment and whether the event has 500 or more attendees, where those attendees are likely to stand or move around for all or part of the event.

  • Local risk assessment should take account of all government guidance surrounding the movement of people around venues including the segmentation of different user groups.

Please note that this guidance is in addition to any extra measures put in place by local bodies or home nations.