Wasaga Beach bans spectators from arena, launches live stream

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In order to comply with the new ‘Orange’ COVID-19 status for the region, effective immediately spectators will no longer be allowed in the Wasaga Stars Arena.

The exception to this is the town will permit one parent or guardian to enter the arena if they are supervising a child age 8 or younger.

The town is also permitting parents and guardians to enter the arena to complete COVID-19 screening for their children and to tie skates, if required. Parents and guardians must then depart the facility immediately.

The new rule prohibiting spectators at the arena applies to all on-ice programs, including games, practices, and training.

In addition, at the recommendation of the chief medical officer of health for Simcoe-Muskoka, the town will not allow individuals from ‘red or ‘grey’ zones to utilize any municipal recreation facility.

At the same time, the town is planning to roll out a new free livestreaming service so that our community can watch on-ice activity at the arena. The service will be accessible through the town website at www.wasagabeach.com. The town anticipates launching the new live-streaming service soon. Please watch our website and social media channels for the launch date.

"The continued health and safety of all facility guests, as well as our staff, is paramount to the town," said Deputy Fire Chief Craig Williams, a member of the town’s COVID-19 Command Team. "This temporary measure addresses public health guidelines and helps to ensure that our arena remains safe and open during the current stage of the pandemic."

The rule prohibiting spectators from the arena will remain until the region returns to the province’s ‘Yellow’ status level.

"We thank all users of our facilities for their cooperation and we look forward to welcoming people back inside when it is safe to do so," said Chris Roos, director of recreation, events and facilities.

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