Through Ontario’s framework to reopening the Province, guidelines have been expanded to now include reopening of additional recreation facilities and amenities. Scugog will reopen Scugog Community Recreation Centre for some recreation programming and ice sports. As well, community halls around Scugog will also be permitted to open. All user groups and any renters will need to submit a return to play/ return to use plan, to Scugog staff, outlining the health and safety measures and protocols that will be in place. The return to play/ return to use plan will then be reviewed by appropriate management and if approved, a contract can be processed.

Staff and the public’s health is Scugog’s number one priority. Scugog Emergency Control Group and staff have prepared reopening protocols to ensure the health and safety of patrons. Below is a list of services and amenities showing what is opening and when.

What can you expect?
As we start to reopen our facilities they may look different, with a limited number of patrons able to access facilities at one time, physical distancing measures in place, and public health safety measures in place at all facilities. 

Scugog Community and Recreation Centre (SCRC) – In addition to camps, other recreation areas and uses such as heat emergency cooling stations and blood donor clinics have been permitted at SCRC since Durham Region entered into Stage 3. Scugog is taking the next step to open the facility further to include ice use, program spaces and recreation programs.
Ice will begin going in September 8, with the first skate and building re-opening anticipated for September 15.
Fall recreation programs are anticipated to begin September 21, with online registration beginning September 4. Online registration for fall recreation programs can be completed at

Some of the new guidelines in place include, but are not limited to;

Maximum Occupancy Numbers
Set occupancy is in place for all areas of the building;

  • Maximum number of patrons will be limited to 50 people at one time in each area (i.e. 50 people for Pad 1 area, includes ice pad, dressing rooms, player benches and lobby area).
  • This number includes: 22 players on ice, 20 parents/guardian in spectator viewing area for minor groups and 8 people for coaching/training and executive staff.  Referees are not included in the number of players on the ice but are included in total in the ice pad area.
  • Non-minor groups – aged 19 and over, 40 players on ice and 10 people for coaching/training and executive staff
  • Adult recreational leagues, maximum of 50 players on ice at one time. No spectators will be allowed entry to the facility.
  • Dressing rooms have a maximum of between 8-10 people
  • Player boxes are restricted to 5 players only
  • Studio – 6 participants plus instructor
  • Recreation Room – 8 participants plus instructor
  • Recreation lobby – 8 patrons
  • Community Centre for programs only – 20 participants plus instructor

Arrival and Departure

  • Participants must arrive fully dressed, with the exception of skates, gloves and helmet.
  • Participants will use the entrance that corresponds to the facility area their program is scheduled, i.e. Pad 1 entrance through main south entrance, Pad 2 through the south/west entrance, Studio through the south/west entrance etc.)
  • The entrance doors will remain locked until 15 minutes prior to rental or program
  • Parents and participants/players/skaters must line up outside the entrance doors keeping two metres distancing.  Follow signage and floor markings
  • Facility access will be provided at one entry point and a separate exit point
  • While entering and exiting the facility, each person will be asked to use hand sanitizer provided
  • Visitors must wear a mask when inside the facility until they enter the ice surface.  Coaches must wear a mask on the players benches
  • One parent/guardian allowed into the facility with player/skater.  If two youth participants from the same family, still only one parent allowed.
  • Township staff will ask each patron two screening questions upon entry and the tracking sheet will be completed (name and contact information) for contact tracing purposes
  • Participants may leave outdoor footwear and a small (duffel) bag in their area during the activity. No full size hockey bags will be permitted
  • Coaches and instructors are responsible to supervise their participants and to ensure all protocols are being followed.
  • Parents/guardians are not permitted in the area where skaters put their skates on unless the player/skater requires assistance to tie skates.
  • No outside food or beverages will be permitted in the facility.

Closure of amenities until further notice

  • Showers will be closed and usage not permitted
  • Water fountain use not permitted
  • Mini stick area closed
  • Concession booth will remain closed
  • No off ice warm ups within the building
  • No shinny, scrimmage or stick and puck programs
  • Skate harness is not permitted for use
  • No facility furnishings will be available for use

Ice Rentals

  • Ice rentals will be for one hour (50 minutes on ice) with a half hour in between to allow time for participants to leave building, staff to clean and disinfect and the next renter to enter the facility.
  • Ice bookings will only be taken from the ice booking representative of the organization.
  • Fees and charges for ice bookings will remain the same during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Facility Rentals/ Community Halls – events can be booked if;

  • capacity is limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person and not to exceed 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors
  • organizers must submit a plan on how COVID rules will be managed
  • There will be no dancing permitted
  • SCRC will not be available for permits until after September, 4.

The Township of Scugog continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and all related developments. We know that residents are eager to access all the amenities and start using our recreation facilities. We anticipate openings will continue through to the end of September. Specific information regarding each facility reopening and what you can expect will be released in the coming weeks.

All the latest information on reopening and safety protocols will be posted and shared through and on our social media channels on Twitter @TwpofScugog and on Facebook @TownshipOfScugog.

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