Babson Skating Center

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COVID Policies & Procedures

Updated 1/4/2021

 At Babson Skating Center, we care deeply about the health and safety of our staff and guests and consider ourselves fortunate every day we can serve the skating needs of our community. We remain well‐educated, vigilant and nimble to ever‐changing Federal, State and industry‐related guidelines. In many cases, we have and will continue to exceed those regulations and maintain the safest environment possible. Below you will find the details of our policies and procedures as a result of the on‐going pandemic. Updates are highlighted:

VISITOR REQUIREMENTS

Babson College and Babson Skating Center have revised our visitor protocols. Ahead of your visit, please familiarize yourself with the College’s new requirements HERE and information specific to the Skating Center is detailed below.

 ALL visitors to our campus, including the Skating Center, are required to register DAILY using the Campus Visitor Registration Form. Access to this electronic form is via QR code at the main entrance of our facility and many other locations on‐campus.

Minors (ages 17 and younger) may not register themselves, thus a parent or legal guardian must accompany their minor child onto our campus and into the Skating Center. Minors are prohibited from entering the Babson Skating Center without being checkedin by a parent or legal guardian. As such:

  • A max. of one (1) parent or legal guardian of skaters ages 15 and under may spectate their child’s on‐ice activities, provided all other policies and procedures are met by that individual (e.g., masks worn at all time, completion of visitor registration form, etc.).
  • Parents or legal guardians of skaters ages 16 and 17 may enter the lobby to check their child in, but may not spectate.
  • Additional details related to Spectators are listed in the “What to expect upon arrival” section below.

 HEALTH & SAFTEY

  • FACIAL COVERINGS: All guests must wear adequate facial coverings (over nose and mouth) in the facility at all times, even those actively skating.
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING: All guests are required to practice social distancing by remaining at least 6 feet away from others at all times while inside the facility. Tables, chairs, benches and other physical layouts are arranged to ensure appropriate social distancing measures. Occupancy limits are modified to meet or exceed state occupancy limits. Staff will instruct guests to maintain appropriate social distance, and all guest areas including entry lines, check in, and ticket window locations are modified to protect the health of staff and patrons.
  • SANITIZING STATIONS: Hand sanitizer stations are placed in key areas including but not limited to; the main entrance, check in areas, restrooms, player’s benches, and other public areas.
  • SIGNAGE: Directional signage and health and hygiene reminders are posted throughout the facility including queuing markings, traffic flow, proper hand sanitizing methods, and general health safety measures.
  • SYMPTOM MONITORING: Similar to requirements of our staff, visitors who feel sick or who experience any symptoms of COVID‐19 cannot come to the campus, including the Skating Center. Visitors must be 24 hours free of ANY symptoms potentially related to COVID‐19 in order to be permitted on the Babson campus. We urge you to call us if you become symptomatic prior to a scheduled visit to the Skating Center.
  • CLEANING PRODUCTS & METHODS: We are using cleaning products and employ cleaning methods that meet EPA and CDC guidelines including products approved for use against viruses, bacteria, and other contagious pathogens.
  • FREQUENCY OF CLEANING: Cleaning and sanitization will be done frequently throughout the day with an emphasis on high‐touch points and surfaces such as check in areas, door handles, restrooms and seating areas. We will have specific cleaning times during operating hours, with either the entire facility or sections of the facility closed for cleaning purposes. We will also conduct regular deep cleaning of the facility during non‐operating hours.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT UPON ARRIVAL

  • CAMPUS REGISTRATION: ALL visitors to our campus, including the Skating Center, are required to register DAILY using the Campus Visitor Registration Form. Minors (ages 17 and younger) may not register themselves, thus a parent or legal guardian (not a family friend, coach, etc.) must accompany their minor child onto our campus and into the lobby of the Skating Center for check‐in.
  • ARRIVING DRESSED: All skaters must arrive dressed, with the exception of skates and helmet, and ready to skate. Chairs and benches are made available for skaters to change into/out of your skates and helmet. Changing areas or showers will not be available. Skaters should limit their belongings to fit under or next to their designated seat.
    • Skating instructors/staff are not permitted to tie/untie skates or secure the helmets of skaters.
  • QUEUING: Guests are asked to line up outside the facility not more than 30 minutes prior to their session. Guests should follow social distancing markings and signage while entering and navigating the facility. Guests will be precluded from congregating in the lobby or anywhere within the facility at all times.
  • ENTERING & EXITING: All guests will enter through the main entrance and must follow signage and staff directions for dedicated exits, designated seating areas and walkways. Traffic will be monitored inside the facility to limit guest interactions.
  • CHECKIN: Guests will check in with staff for pre‐registered/reserved sessions. The check‐in process will ensure:
    • Skaters come dressed to the fullest extent (excluding skates and helmet);
    • Visitors (skaters and accompanying parent/legal guardian) are wearing appropriate face coverings; and
    • Visitors (skaters and accompanying parent/legal guardian) have completed the Campus Visitor Registration Form prior to entering the facility past the lobby.
  • SPECTATORS:
    • Spectators (including parents/legal guardians) are strictly prohibited from entering the facility during High School scrimmages/competitions and any College Varsity activity (practice or competition).
    • Spectator policies for all other programming (e.g., Learn to Skate/Play, Training Lessons, Youth practices, etc.) are as follows:
    • A max. of one (1) parent or legal guardian of skaters ages 15 and under may spectate provided all other policies and procedures are met by that individual (e.g., masks worn at all time, distancing from others, completion of visitor registration form, etc.).
    • Parents or legal guardians of skaters ages 16 and 17 may enter the lobby to check their child in, but may not spectate.
    • Parents or legal guardians of skaters ages 18 and older are prohibited from entering the facility.

*Any request for exceptions/accommodations to this policy may be granted on a casebycase basis with extraordinary and unique circumstances present.

  • ONICE ACTIVITIES: All skaters will be required to wear appropriate face coverings (over nose and mouth) while on the ice and participating in physical activities.
  • COACHING: Coaches will be required to wear facial coverings at all times and may be asked to instruct from the player’s benches at the discretion of management.
  • SESSION ENDING: When a session ends, skaters should exit the ice as quickly and safely as possible, remove their skates and exit the facility in 15 minutes or less.
  • PRO SHOP: Our pro shop remains open and available to our skaters, supplying accessories, skate sharpening, etc.

 

PROGRAMMING/RESERVATIONS

  • REGISTRATION & PAYMENT: Advance registration and payment is required for all training sessions. Please note that registration will be limited and will close the day prior to sessions when capacity is met, and/or at the discretion of management. All skaters will be required to sign a waiver to complete the registration process.
  • PRIVATE LESSONS: Training sessions will be offered for competitive figure and hockey skaters to train, practice and develop their skills through private lessons. The following Training Ice sessions will be available:
    • Freestyle (open to figure skaters only);
    • Hockey (open to hockey players only with hockey gear required and sticks/pucks permitted); and
    • Combined (open to both figure and hockey skaters, no sticks/pucks permitted).
  • PRIVATE RENTALS: Private user groups may reserve the entire sheet of ice as they always have, provided all federal, state and recreational requirements and guidelines pertaining to number of participants and activities are met.
  • PUBLIC SESSIONS & PUBLIC HOCKEY: Public sessions and public hockey programs are temporarily suspended. When these programs resume, information will be posted on our website and sessions will be conducted in accordance with federal, state, and local guidelines and recommendations.
  • LEARN TO SKATE/LEARN TO PLAY: Class sizes will be limited in size and conducted in accordance with United States Figure Skating guidelines and recommendations.

We will continue to adjust our operating protocols and procedures over time based on government standards and regulations. As changes occur, we will communicate updates on our website, via emails, and within the facility. We thank you in advance for adhering to the policies we have adopted to protect the Babson skating community and remain available to you!

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