March 5, 2021 Update
Robert Morris University takes the health of its guests, customers, students, and staff very seriously and wants to provide a safe recreational and training complex to everyone. Therefore, in accordance with guidelines and recommendations from UPMC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Allegheny County Health Department, the following procedures and protocols are designed to help mitigate the virus by minimizing the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 and to be compliant with the regulatory agencies.
Warning: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public location where people are present; we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed during your visit. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death, and people who show no symptoms can spread COVID-19 if they are infected. According to the CDC, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Visit the CDC website for the latest guidance. By visiting the RMU Island Sports Center you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
Customer/Participant Safety Guidelines, Policies, and Procedures
Face Coverings / Masks
- Everyone must wear a face mask that is covering the nose and mouth at all times while inside the facility, including all participants on the training and skating surfaces during practices, games and competitions.
- Exceptions include individuals that cannot wear a face covering due to a medical condition, children under the age of two, individuals who would be unable to remove the face covering without assistance, and individuals that must communicate with someone who is hearing impaired.
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING ATHLETES WEARING MASKS
If wearing a mask causes breathing issues during training or competition, athletes must work through alternatives that would reduce or eliminate the respiratory droplets that would impact others in proximity. If the sport, equipment, or exertion level does not allow for a face covering to be worn safely then the athlete should not wear one.
From the Pennsylvania Department of Health (November 20, 2020)
Can an athlete remove their mask during play if the mask causes a medical condition, including respiratory issues that impedes breathing?
- Yes, the Order provides an exception in Section 3 that if wearing a face covering would either cause a medical condition, or exacerbate an existing one, including respiratory issues that impede breathing, a mental condition or disability. The Order indicates all alternatives to wearing a face covering, including the use of a face shield, should be exhausted before an individual is excepted from this Order.
- Using football as an example, wearing a mask in addition to a mouth guard and a helmet would likely create a medical issue for the athlete whether the athlete is a professional or youth player even if a previous medical issue was not present. For example, the CDC says that “wearing a mask with these types of protective equipment is not safe it if makes it hard to breathe.” There are other sports where there are similar concerns that a mask would create a medical issue where one would otherwise not exist in an athlete. For example, it should be obvious that wearing a mask while swimming presents an imminent health issue.
Hockey Players should try to wear the traditional facemasks and gaiters. If they find that it causes difficulty in breathing, especially if they are also wearing a mouth guard while engaging in high intensity activity, they can remove the face covering. Face covering alternatives such as the CCM “Game On” face cover should be explored and are available at the ISC Pro Shop.
- Do not visit the Island Sports Center and stay home if anyone in your family has any COVID-19 symptoms, if they are not feeling well, or if you or your family member have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
- Stay home if you have a weakened immune system or you are living with someone who is considered vulnerable.
- All guests are required to practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from other people who are not in their group.
- All guests are required to wear a mask while in the facility and on the premises.
Due to state mandated building capacity limits, we have to restrict the number of people in the facility. The following is designed to comply with this mandate:
Parents / Guardians and Spectators
- Parents/guardians should refrain from entering the indoor and outdoor facilities. Athletes should be dropped off and picked up whenever possible.
- No more than two parents/guardians per child may enter the facility and remain. They must wear a mask at all times and practice 6 feet social distancing from others. Some ISC programs may have limits, policies, and procedure that differ from the two parent allowance. Always refer to and adhere to the specific details of the program or activity that the child is registered for and participating in.
- Additional non-skating / non-playing siblings should not enter the facility. However, if a sibling must attend, the child must wear a mask, stay with the parent at all times, and social distance from others in the facility.
- Parents should not enter the facility more than 10-15 minutes prior to their child’s activity start time and proceed directly to the designated/applicable area, remaining in that area as much as possible while social distancing from others.
- Parents shall not enter a locker/changing room or surrounding hallways unless it is necessary to help their young child with skates and helmet. It is strongly encouraged and advised that the child learn as soon as possible how to tie and untie their skates and secure their helmet.
- Nonessential visitors and spectators are not permitted to enter the facility. This includes additional family members and friends.
- Parents / guardians are not to congregate inside or outside the facility before or after activities. Please leave immediately once the activity is over.
- Parents and spectators are encouraged to watch the child on the LiveBarn streaming service (use the ISC discount sign-up code: df08-72b8).
Athletes & Coaches
- Coaches and athletes must always wear face coverings while in the outdoor and indoor facilities. This includes anytime they are not on the playing surface or training, as well as when entering and exiting the facility.
- Coaches who are on the bench, sidelines, or on the playing/skating surface must wear masks.
- Athletes are required to wear masks while changing in or out of equipment.
- Athletes should not enter the facility more than 15 minutes prior to their activity’s start time.
- Athletes are to proceed directly to their designated area and remain in that area as much as possible.
- Do not congregate before and after activities. Leave immediately once the activity is over.
- Although some locker/changing rooms are available and assigned, we ask that athletes arrive fully or partially dressed in gear, including skates, if possible. Due to reduced occupancy limits in the locker /changing rooms, additional chairs and benches are placed throughout the facility to use.
- Locker /changing room occupancy limits are posted outside of each room. Masks must be worn while in the room, and room doors must remain open at all times.
- Locker room bathrooms and showers are not available to use.
- Please leave large equipment bags at home or use a much smaller bag to carry only a few items, such as skates, helmet, and gloves.
Practices, Scrimmages & Games
- Teams are allowed to have full rostered practices and share practices with other teams.
- Teams are encouraged to enter and exit through separate doors or stagger going on and off the rink.
- Scrimmages & Games
- Teams must enter and exit the playing surface through separate doors or stagger going on and off the rink.
- Players must arrive fully or partially dressed in their gear, including skates, if possible.
- Due to reduced occupancy limits in the locker/changing rooms, some players will need to use chairs and benches in the hallways.
- Teams are not to engage in the traditional pre or post game handshake line.
- Referees must wear a mask everywhere in the facility. They must wear mask while on the playing surface unless doing so causes a medical condition.
- Team managers and game personnel (medic, scorekeeper, PA announcer, penalty box attendants, etc.) must keep masks on at all times.
- Parents/guardians who need to attend must sit or stand in the respective seating section of their child’s team. They must wear a mask and social distance from others.
- It is the hosting organization’s responsibility to inform its members of the ISC’s COVID-19 policies and procedures, and to enforce them.
- It is the home team’s responsibility to inform the visiting team of ISC’s COVID-19 policies and procedures, and to enforce them.
- High school and amateur hockey leagues, such as the PIHL, PAHL and PIRHL, may impose more restrictive policies for their games. Any policies they implement will have been approved by ISC management.
- All the safety guidelines and procedures are applicable to Youth and Adult Hockey.
- Some ISC programs may have limits, policies, and procedures that differ slightly from those listed above and are designed to be more specific to each program. Always refer to and abide by the specific details of the program or activity you are registering for and participating in.
- ISC does not loan out equipment.
- ISC does not maintain a Lost & Found. All found articles are thrown away.
- The ISC Pro Shop is open for purchases.
- Follow all posted signage.
RMU management reserves the right to remove patrons if not compliant with facility requirements.