Guidance for the return to Inclusive Skating during an anticipated period of Social Distancing
Inclusive Skating is committed to ensuring the safety, health and well-being of our community and recommends that our community follow the current WHO and government health guidelines at all times. Many Inclusive skaters have underlying health conditions and are within the high-risk category for Coronavirus. So, the following measures will be followed during the Coronavirus outbreak.
In preparing for returning to skating, working with rink managers and other Ice Sport's National Governing Bodies, a number of documents have been produced. These documents have been adapted for the purposes of Inclusive Skating programmes and disciplines.
Review of this document and the Covid-19 risk assessment by relevant government departments to support a safe return for Inclusive Skating has taken place.
Following review by Sport Scotland the Inclusive Skating Covid-19 Policy is incorporated in the Getting your facilities fit for sport, Sport Scotland operational guidance: indoor ice rinks, August 2020 This is available as a pdf in the additional resources below and by the following link to the Sport Scotland website - https://sportscotland.org.uk/media/6008/ice_rinks_gyfffs_info_sheet.pdf
These documents will be supported by the risk assessment as adapted for Covid-19 and on-line training sessions and courses to support all participants to return to Inclusive Skating activities taking place at rinks. In addition, Individual, rink and activity risk assessments and the best practice contained within this document and the inclusive Skating Safety Policy will provide further guidance.
By following these guidelines as well as those from the government and health agencies and your rink and facility operator; all participants, including skaters and their families and carers, volunteers and coaches will be able to make informed decisions as to how and when they can return to skating activities. Here's a Youtube video to demonstrate what may be in place at your rink on your return to skating at a Covid safe venue.
Many governments are updating their guidance and you should check your local government websites.
In Scotland, Scottish Disability Sport further updated their guidelines on 24th May 2021.
Good luck and good skating!