June 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 respective 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
- If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to wear a mask.
- If you are not fully vaccinated, you must wear a face mask that is covering the nose and mouth at all times while inside the facility or on the premises.
- 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
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.
- If you are not fully vaccinated (adults and youth two years and older):
- Wear a mask while in the facility and on the premises.
- Practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from other people who are not in their group.
- Do not visit the Island Sports Center and stay home if anyone in your family has any COVID-19 symptoms, if you or 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.
Parents / Guardians and Spectators
- Non-skating / non-playing siblings need to stay with their parent at all times. The unvaccinated child two years and older must wear a mask, stay with the parent at all times, and social distance from others in the facility.
- 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.
- 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, Team & Game Officials
- Unvaccinated 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.
- Unvaccinated coaches who are on the bench, sidelines, or on the playing/skating surface must wear masks.
- Unvaccinated athletes are required to wear masks while changing in or out of equipment.
- Unvaccinated 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.
- Unvaccinated team managers and game personnel (medic, scorekeeper, PA announcer, penalty box attendants, etc.) must keep masks on at all times.
- It is the hosting / home team organization’s responsibility to inform its members of the 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 may differ from those listed above and designed to be more specific to each program. Always refer to and abide by the details of the program or activity that you are registering for and participating in.
- 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.