As of November 29, 2021

As COVID-19 and construction continues to evolve, this document is subject to change without notice.

Return to Play Reopening Plan

All Ice Rentals Must:

  1. Sign the Township of Warwick COVID-19 Waiver.
  2. Complete and submit a Return to Play Plan outlining how they are respecting public health rules for COVID-19. The Plan will be reviewed and approved by the Municipality. The Plan includes the following:
    • Organization Name, Primary Contact and Contact Information.
    • Outline physical distancing measures.
    • Outline cleaning/sanitation measures.
    • Describe PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) that will be used.
    • Provide a copy of any documents provided by your respective provincial and national sport organizations
  3. Complete contact tracing (names, dates, contact information). See attached Organization Sign In Sheet. Feel free to use this document or revise for your organization as it can act as Screening, Waiver and Contact Tracing.
  4. Adhere to the Province of Ontario Vaccination Requirements.

Vaccination Requirements

All guests/patrons/spectators 12 years and older must provide proof of vaccination and ID to access facilities - Watford Community Arena and Hall, Centennial Hall and Warwick Community Centre.

Starting Monday, December 6, 2021, an enhanced vaccine certificate QR code must be presented to the screening staff at the door when attempting to enter the facility. Printed or photocopied vaccine receipts without a QR code will no longer be accepted.


  • Province of Ontario enhanced vaccination certificate saved on a handheld device such as a phone or tablet. A photo of the QR Code, copy of a PDF or file containing the QR Code saved in a wallet or health app are acceptable.
  • A printed copy of the individuals Province of Ontario enhanced vaccination certificate QR code.
  • Regardless of the method of presenting the QR code, the code must be of high enough quality to be readable and verifiable by the Verify Ontario app. QR codes that will not scan will not be accepted and entry will be denied.
  • Medical exemptions are still valid and must meet the provincial criteria. Please see the link below for more information.


  • A printed receipt from an individual’s first or second dose vaccination, whether obtained during their appointment or through the provincial website, that does not contain the individual’s enhanced QR code.

Watford Community Arena Reopening Plan

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)/Masks: All members of the public, including contractors, are required to wear masks when entering all municipal facilities. Masks must cover the nose, mouth and chin during the period the person is in a municipal facility.

Exemptions – Masks are not required when:

  • On the ice surface or engaging in physical activity where physical distancing is possible. Examples include all participants on ice including coaches and referees, participants in yoga, participants in pickleball, etc. However, bench staff, timekeepers, music players etc. are required to wear a mask.
  • A child is under 2 years of age.
  • A person has medical condition that inhibits their ability to wear a mask.


As of October 25, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario lifted capacity limits, including physical distancing requirements in settings where proof of vaccination are required which includes: all areas of the Watford Community Arena and Hall (including dressing rooms).

  • Capacities:
    • Watford Community Arena Hall - 250 people
    • Watford Community Arena Ice Surface - 120 people
    • Watford Community Arena Stands - Seating capacity of 750

Entrance and Exits: 

  1. Entrance and exit as marked on the arena floor plan in this document. All individuals will use the same entrance and exit. The entrance is located through the sliding double doors at the front of the building. The exit is located at the West end of the building, in the ice rink, through the single man door, leading towards the parking lot.
  2. Proof of vaccination with ID will be checked at the entrance each and every time an individual enters the building by Township Staff and/or third party security.
  3. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled ice time to provide enough time to complete the proof of vaccination checks.
  4. Emergency exits as marked on the arena floor plan in this document and are only to be used in the case of an emergency.

Dressing Rooms: 

  1. Currently, Dressing Rooms 1, 2, 3, hallway and the flex space (with curtains) are available for teams/skaters.
  2. Dressing Rooms will be available to teams/skaters 15 minutes before their rental and 15 minutes after their rental.
  3. Showers are available for use.

Player’s Benches and Referee Room:

Both Player’s Benches and the Referee Room are available for use.


Players/Skaters/Referees will need to use the washrooms in their assigned dressing rooms. When assigned to Flex Space as your Dressing Room, the lobby Universal Washroom is available. Note: The Men’s and Women’s washrooms are available. The urinals in the Men’s washrooms are currently not functional and have been marked as unavailable until further notice.


  1. Spectators/Parents are welcome. As of October 25, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario lifted capacity limits, including physical distancing requirements in settings where proof of vaccination are required which includes: all areas of the Watford Community Arena and Hall (including dressing rooms).
  2. Masking continues to be mandatory.

Drinking Fountain:

The sipping spout attached to the drinking fountain continues to be closed off. The function that allows users to refill a personal water bottle is available. Warm Ups/Dry Land Training: Warm ups and dry land training are not permitted in the facility.


  1. Dressing rooms will be cleaned and disinfected after each use.
  2. Washrooms will be cleaned and disinfected twice daily.
  3. High touch point surfaces such as door handles will be cleaned and sanitized several times per day.
  4. User groups/participants/spectators/patrons are responsible for ensuring all garbage is collected in trash bins.
  5. User groups/participants/spectators/patrons are to be respectful and ensure participants are not spitting or depositing other bodily fluids (i.e. used tissues) on any surface in the facility.


It is expected that all user groups/participants/spectators/patrons respect physical distancing of at least 2m distance when speaking with staff and to treat staff respectfully.

Compliance – Zero Tolerance:

  1. User groups not complying with the Watford Community Arena Reopening Plan will receive the following:
    • First Incident – Written warning.
    • Second Incident – Suspension from the facility for two weeks.
    • Third Incident – Expulsion from the facility for the season.
  2. Refunds will not be provided for user groups that have been suspended or expelled and the group will be responsible to pay for ice time booked during the suspension and/or expulsion. Suspensions and expulsions may apply to the offending individual, team and/or the entire association depending on the severity of the contravention.
  3. The Township of Warwick reserves the right to deny access to the facility to any person for any reason.

The Township of Warwick Corporate Policies and By-Law 28 of 2018 Parks and Recreation User Fee Policy, Facility, Park and Pavilion Rental Policy and Ice Rental Policy are in effect.