Modified Arena Procedures

Ramsey County arenas aim to provide the best experience while still meeting the high standards of social distancing requirements and public health best practices. Guidelines have been set in place to limit the risk of exposure and transfer of COVID-19 to skaters, coaches/instructors, parents, spectators and staff.

Arena COVID-19 policies have been developed with recommendations and guidelines from the executive orders issued by Governor Walz, the Minnesota Department of Health's Guidelines for Youth and Adult Sports, Minnesota Department of Education for high school activities, Minnesota Hockey, and USA Hockey. 

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Prior to visiting the arena

Reservations

  • Ice rinks and fields allow a maximum of two pods of 25 or fewer players with limited mixing per sheet of ice/field, including coaches and instructors.
  • Public open skating or hockey programs and skate rentals are on hold until further notice.
  • Birthday party reservations are not being accepted at this time.
  • To make a reservation: Check the live schedule of available times online or email Parks & Recreation. Call 651-266-0300 with questions.

Arena System Preparedness Plan (PDF)

General information

  • Stay home if you are sick or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath. 
  • Masks must be worn at all times with inside any arena, including while in the lockers rooms and on the ice during sports play.
  • Vending machines or drinking fountains are not available within the arena. Outside food is not permitted.
  • Players must bring their own water bottles clearly marked with their name. 
  • Skaters should bring skate guards for areas that do not have rubber flooring. 
  • While hand sanitizing stations will be available at the facility, athletes and coaches are also encouraged to bring hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to use while at the arena.
  • Showers and private locker room spaces are not being provided.
  • Locker rooms will not be available at TCO Sports Garden and Highland Arena. 
  • Restrooms, dressing areas and high touch areas will be sanitized regularly. A deep cleaning of all surfaces is completed at the end of each day.

At the arena

Arrival

  • Skaters should arrive with most of their clothing and equipment already on.
  • A maximum of one adult per player is allowed for practices in designated spectator areas only. Spectators are not recommended and should be kept to a minimum.
  • Skaters should arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to the start of their ice time.
  • Goaltenders will be allowed to enter the arena 15 minutes prior to the start of their scheduled ice time to allow for more time to put on their equipment.
  • Masks must be worn at all times with inside any arena, including while in the lockers rooms and on the ice during sports play.
  • Maintain at least six feet between yourself and others at all times.

Check-in

  • All user groups are responsible and liable for developing their own health and safety screening policies and procedures, which should include temperature checks for their skaters, coaches/instructors and volunteers prior to any on-ice activity.
  • Maintain at least six feet between yourself and others at all times.
  • Enter along defined paths, only going to and from the rink assigned to your session.

Dressing areas

  • Each team is required to have a dressing room/locker room volunteer who is responsible for supervising teams, enforcing dressing areas polices, including wearing face coverings and keep groups in locker room until designated ice time.
  • Skaters will receive a dressing area assignment for their group at the check-in counter. 
  • After check-in, skaters must go directly to dressing areas and stay there until ice time. 
  • Coaches and instructors are required to dress with skaters and enforce rules.
  • Skaters should use hand sanitizer before and after dressing. 
  • All dressing areas are considered co-ed, no dressing down to undergarments. 
  • Maintain at least six feet between yourself and others at all times.
  • After dressing, all clothing and equipment must be stored inside each skater's bag. 
  • Skaters should not leave dressing areas any earlier than 30 seconds before ice starts. 
  • Skaters should proceed to the ice in the order of those closest to the exit/entrance.

Rink

  • No off-ice or dry land drills or team warmup is allowed within the facility.
  • Full practices are permitted on ice. 
  • Social distancing squares on the glass should be used to start and end drills. 
  • Skaters must always keep their gloves on (includes picking up pucks or other equipment).
  • All on-ice activities must end 2-3 minutes before the scheduled end time to allow time for picking up equipment and organizing players to leave the ice while socially distanced.

Departure

  • Exit along defined paths, only going to and from the rink assigned to your session.
  • Skaters and coaches/instructors should leave within 10 minutes upon completion of their event.
  • Maintain at least six feet between yourself and others and do not gather in the arena or in the parking lot.
  • Skaters should be picked up at the designated locations.

Maximum spectator capacity

Spectators are allowed in designated areas during games, scrimmages and tournaments based on each arena’s approved capacity. Maximum capacities for spectators are based upon each individual facility’s ability to provide space required for social distancing. For example, if a rink needs to use the bleachers as a skater dressing area to meet social distancing requirements, then parents and spectators will not be allowed.

  • A maximum of one adult per player is allowed for practices in designated spectator areas only. Spectators are not recommended and should be kept to a minimum.
  • Spectators for games, scrimmages, and tournaments will only be allowed if the team manages an advanced reservations or ticketing system. No walk-ins will be allowed.

Aldrich Arena

  • 150 in bleachers (4 spectators per skater).

Charles M. Schulz-Highland Arena

  • North Rink: 80 in bleachers (2 spectators per skater). 
  • South Rink: 40 in bleachers (1 spectator per skater).

Gustafson-Phalen Arena

  • 91; 58 in bleachers and 33 standing (2 spectators per skater).

Harding Arena

  • 58; 25 in bleachers and 33 standing (1 spectator per skater).

Ken Yackel-West Side Arena

  • 47; 14 in bleachers and 33 standing (1 spectator per skater).

Oscar Johnson Arena

  • 45; 12 in bleachers and 33 standing (1 spectator per skater).

Pleasant Arena

  • 40; 14 in bleachers and 26 standing (1 spectator per skater). 

Shoreview Arena

  • 89; 65 in bleachers and 24 standing (2 spectators per skater).

TCO Sports Garden

  • TCO Rink 1: 120 in bleachers (2 spectator per skater). 
  • Training Haus Rink 2: 40 in bleachers (1 spectator per skater).

White Bear Arena

  • 53; 20 in bleachers and 33 standing (1 spectator per skater).

Spectator information

General information

  • All spectators/parents must self-screen their health prior to arriving in the facility. We recommend the CDC coronavirus self-checker.
  • Stay home if you are sick or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath. 
  • Face coverings will be required for all spectators and parents at all times while inside any Ramsey County arena.
  • A maximum of one adult per player is allowed for practices in designated spectator areas only. Spectators are not recommended and should be kept to a minimum.
  • While it is important to limit the number of people in the facility as much as possible, there may be circumstances in which a parent or guardian must also bring in young siblings. This will be allowed but should be limited as much as possible.
  • Vending machines or drinking fountains are not available within the arena. Outside food is not permitted.

Arrival

  • Face coverings are required for all spectators and parents at all times while inside the arena.
  • Spectators for games, scrimmages, and tournaments will only be allowed if the team manages an advanced reservations or ticketing system. No walk-ins will be allowed.
    • If advanced reservations/ticketing is in place, a maximum number of spectators are allowed in designated areas during games and scrimmages based on the maximum capacity allowed per rink.
    • Check with your team about making an advanced reservation to watch.

At the rink

  • Spectators must keep at least six feet between themselves and others at all times when in the arenas and designated spectator area.
  • Spectators must remain in designated areas and may not wander in-between designated areas, linger in lobbies and hallways or other traffic areas before or after games.
  • Spectators are asked to help clean and disinfect spectator areas before and after occupying to assist with keeping everyone safe. There will be disinfectant spray bottles and wipes near bleachers.
  • If spectators don’t comply with policies, games may be held up until full compliance is achieved.

Departure

  • Spectators must leave the building immediately following the conclusion of the game that they are attending.
  • Exit along defined paths, only going to and from the rink assigned to your session.
  • Maintain at least six feet between yourself and others and do not gather in the arena or in the parking lot.
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