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Important Arena Information

Please pass this email onto your families as soon as you possibly can.  Please note that our staff will be enforcing these rules tighter than we may have previously.  Our goal continues to remain open and give our kids an outlet to enjoy hockey and skating while still being smart and safe.  It is critical this gets to your families today to prepare for your ice usage this weekend.  Additionally, it is critical that all outside teams planning to play games vs. our teams are made aware of the current policies. 


Good afternoon families and users of the Lou & Gib Reese Ice Arena,


With the recent surge in Covid-19 numbers, the LGRIA will be placing stricter Covid-19 guidelines back in place.  How long these regulations will be in place is unknown but what we do know is we do not want to close and we absolutely want to keep all our users as safe as possible.  These requirements for use of the LGRIA will start effectively this Saturday Morning (11/14/20).


In addition to the rules already in place requiring social distancing and masks throughout the facility, we are returning to the no locker room usage policy.  Locker rooms will not be available for your players and coaches starting this Saturday (11/14/20)am.  Players will once again be REQUIRED to come to the facility dressed ready to play.  What this means is players MUST have their equipment on minus skates, helmets, gloves.  There will be no exceptions to this rule.  Dressing in the arena and lobby will not be allowed.  If a player is not dressed, they will be asked to leave until they are properly dressed.  We will place chairs and benches around the Arena to help keep social distancing while putting our skates and helmets on. 


Additionally, we will be returning to our 15 minutes prior, 15 minutes after rule.  What this means is you are ONLY allowed to enter the rink no earlier than 15 minutes before and must leave within 15 minutes after.  Please note, this will be enforced .  This will greatly help us limit the number of people in the building allowing us proper social distancing.  At this time, we will be asking parents to not hang around the arena during practices.  Please plan to drop your player/skater off, if they need help with skates, please do so, and then return as they prepare to leave the ice.  For games, we are requesting only 1 guardian per player but absolutely no more than two per player.  We ask that you please stay social distanced from others and if you are not feeling well, please do not enter the facility. 


Please understand we are doing this to try and keep the building open and usable for your player/skater.  We feel and understand the need for your players to have an outlet but we need to do so in the safest manner possible.  We truly feel the inconvenience of this will keep us open and playing the sport your player loves to play! 


Thank you,

Lou & Gib Reese Ice Arena


Note: Any questions should be directed to the Arena - 740-349-6784

The Newark Ice Hockey Association would like to thank The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation for their continued support that makes so many things possible for so many NIHA families! 
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