Update from Drew Dixon, Hockey Alberta:
Today Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced that the current Public Health Orders (44-2020, 01-2021 and 42-2020) remain in effect for Province of Alberta.
For Hockey Alberta and sanctioned amateur hockey across the province, unfortunately this means the current pause in activity continues until further notice. No date was provided as to when the current status will be reviewed.
We have been very clear in our support of the expertise provided by Alberta’s health experts and the importance of the health and safety of all Albertans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But we also share the sentiment that has been expressed to us by hockey parents across the province - that the mental and physical health benefits of participating in hockey are important to their children. We believe that, given the opportunity, Hockey Alberta and our Member organizations can develop and implement a plan to allow our more than 100,000 participants to return safely to the ice to enjoy the final couple of months of the season.
As recently as this afternoon, Hockey Alberta has been working with officials from the Government, Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services. We presented a plan that we believe would allow hockey to return in a safe manner for all participants and we discussed options that could allow a safe return to hockey in some fashion in Alberta. Hockey Alberta will be reaching out to our Members for feedback on the proposed plan.
Please recognize that we still have no confirmation if or when team sports can return, but we are prepared to complete a plan that would allow our participants to hit the ice through to the end of March or April when deemed safe and when approved by AHS.
As always, thank you for your patience. We will keep our Members updated on options under consideration and decisions made. And we ask that you update members of your organization with this information.