Community rinks across the city are struggling to meet demand during the pandemic, Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL) said.

Fewer rinks—80 out of 125—are available and community leagues are experiencing a “major influx of users,” the federation said in a release. 

Challenges include skaters failing to take turns on the ice, follow physical distancing guidelines, and ignoring the no-hockey play rules. 

Community leagues are not expected or equipped to enforce these public health restrictions, the EFCL said. Community members are instead encouraged to phone 311 to report any bylaw complaints. 

“Work together, look after our health and support Edmonton’s distinctive community leagues by following the rules and guidelines at local rinks,” said Laura Cunningham-Shpeley. 

“These leagues are run by volunteers, by your neighbours. They are so passionate about making sure these rinks stay open. Just like you they’re desperate to have a place to go and to have some fun in the neighborhood.”

She said leagues are trying to mitigate the risk of staying open. 

“No league wants to be responsible for any kind of outbreak in the community. They’re really doing this to try and support people’s health and recreation.” 

Current guidelines from the province and city include a physical distancing of two metres, group limits of 10 or less, and restrictions on no shinny or pick-up hockey.

Fines are worth $1,000 or up to $100,000 in court.