(as of 4-1-21)
Winterland Guidelines as of 4/1/21
We have received a copy of an email from the Policy Advisor of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health which states:
I confirmed with DPH leadership that a player can remove the mask only when playing. Wear a gaiter and immediately pull it up when play has stopped. Do know that this is much less safe in terms of transmission of the virus.
The published (Feb.16,2021) St. Louis County Covid Guidelines still states:
Since we have this email from the Policy Advisor of the Health Dept., Winterland will modify it’s Mask Policy as follows:
Starting April 1st, 2021 Winterland participants are required to wear officially approved face coverings at all times, except actively participating in hockey(on the ice). Must be masked on the bench during scrimmages and games. Skaters are still required to wear a mask in the locker rooms and while entering and exiting the rink building. All Coaches and spectators must still wear a mask 100% of the time.
We still strongly suggest you still wear a mask on the ice but will sway from that requirement due to this email from the Policy Advisor of the St. Louis County Health Dept.
Please let me know if anyone has any concerns. I have worked very hard for 12 months to keep our skaters safe and skating without any exposure or quarantining during a Winterland Program.
I just wanted to say thank you for all the work you've put into making Winterland what it is, and especially this year. I love playing, but there's no way I would have stuck with it if I hadn't found someplace where people can play just for fun, and everyone on the ice is more concerned with everyone having fun and staying safe than they are about winning--and that's what you've built.
I know this year has been more work than usual, and I just want to make sure you know how much I appreciate it. I keep seeing how some other organizations are just pretending like covid doesn't exist, and not taking or enforcing precautions. I really appreciate the mask-on-the-ice policy, it makes me feel a lot more comfortable about skating these days, and I especially appreciate how seriously you're taking int to keep us all safe and skating--not just with the mask policy, but with the quarantines, transparency, and how you're regularly reminding people to be responsible.
I feel really lucky that we have you and your program in St. Louis.
With everything changing so rapidly, Winterland will make every attempt to keep the County and Rink guidelines up to date on our web site. This was updated
Please check directly with the St. Louis County and each rink to make sure you are viewing the most recent update.