Hamilton Mountain Arena remains COVID test centre

News Aug 23, 2020 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

The Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena will remain a coronavirus testing centre even as other arenas are reverting back to hosting ice hockey and skating events this fall.

Hamilton’s Emergency Operations Centre director Paul Johnson said the Mountain arena’s drive-through testing centre remains part of the city’s COVID-19 response.

“Right now we don’t need that arena,” said Johnson.

At the end of August, the city reopened arenas that have more than one ice pad, including Chedoke Twin Pad Arena, Morgan Firestone Arena, Harry Howell Twin Pad Arena, Rosedale Arena (which has one pad) and the Mohawk 4 Ice Centre.

Johnson said reopening another 16 single-pad arenas will depend upon how many youths register for hockey this fall.

In the past, the city usually reopens its arenas in mid-August to accommodate travel-team hockey club practices.

“We are waiting to see what the numbers are like,” said Johnson. “The pandemic has pushed everything forward.”

Johnson said right now there are few people using the ice, except for skills training.

“Hockey in general is a long way from returning to play,” he said.

He said by reopening the double rinks it will allow hockey tryouts to begin and provide for some training. He said if additional arenas are needed, they can be reopened with ice within 14 days.

“We didn’t think it was prudent to open up a whole bunch of hockey rinks that wouldn’t be used,” he said.

As for Mountain Arena, Johnson said he is working with the city’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Elizabeth Richardson to determine the need to continue using the site for testing, knowing there is a “high” interest among Mountain groups who want to use the facility this winter.

Richardson said the city has applied to the Ontario Health West for funding to expand its space needs.

The Hester Street arena reopened as a testing centre April 17 after being closed in mid-March.

It's open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. People are encouraged to call their family doctor or the Hamilton Public Health Services at 905-974-9848 to book a test.

Hamilton Mountain Arena continues to test COVID as other facilities reopen

News Aug 23, 2020 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

The Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena will remain a coronavirus testing centre even as other arenas are reverting back to hosting ice hockey and skating events this fall.

Hamilton’s Emergency Operations Centre director Paul Johnson said the Mountain arena’s drive-through testing centre remains part of the city’s COVID-19 response.

“Right now we don’t need that arena,” said Johnson.

At the end of August, the city reopened arenas that have more than one ice pad, including Chedoke Twin Pad Arena, Morgan Firestone Arena, Harry Howell Twin Pad Arena, Rosedale Arena (which has one pad) and the Mohawk 4 Ice Centre.

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Johnson said reopening another 16 single-pad arenas will depend upon how many youths register for hockey this fall.

In the past, the city usually reopens its arenas in mid-August to accommodate travel-team hockey club practices.

“We are waiting to see what the numbers are like,” said Johnson. “The pandemic has pushed everything forward.”

Johnson said right now there are few people using the ice, except for skills training.

“Hockey in general is a long way from returning to play,” he said.

He said by reopening the double rinks it will allow hockey tryouts to begin and provide for some training. He said if additional arenas are needed, they can be reopened with ice within 14 days.

“We didn’t think it was prudent to open up a whole bunch of hockey rinks that wouldn’t be used,” he said.

As for Mountain Arena, Johnson said he is working with the city’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Elizabeth Richardson to determine the need to continue using the site for testing, knowing there is a “high” interest among Mountain groups who want to use the facility this winter.

Richardson said the city has applied to the Ontario Health West for funding to expand its space needs.

The Hester Street arena reopened as a testing centre April 17 after being closed in mid-March.

It's open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. People are encouraged to call their family doctor or the Hamilton Public Health Services at 905-974-9848 to book a test.

Hamilton Mountain Arena continues to test COVID as other facilities reopen

News Aug 23, 2020 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

The Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena will remain a coronavirus testing centre even as other arenas are reverting back to hosting ice hockey and skating events this fall.

Hamilton’s Emergency Operations Centre director Paul Johnson said the Mountain arena’s drive-through testing centre remains part of the city’s COVID-19 response.

“Right now we don’t need that arena,” said Johnson.

At the end of August, the city reopened arenas that have more than one ice pad, including Chedoke Twin Pad Arena, Morgan Firestone Arena, Harry Howell Twin Pad Arena, Rosedale Arena (which has one pad) and the Mohawk 4 Ice Centre.

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Johnson said reopening another 16 single-pad arenas will depend upon how many youths register for hockey this fall.

In the past, the city usually reopens its arenas in mid-August to accommodate travel-team hockey club practices.

“We are waiting to see what the numbers are like,” said Johnson. “The pandemic has pushed everything forward.”

Johnson said right now there are few people using the ice, except for skills training.

“Hockey in general is a long way from returning to play,” he said.

He said by reopening the double rinks it will allow hockey tryouts to begin and provide for some training. He said if additional arenas are needed, they can be reopened with ice within 14 days.

“We didn’t think it was prudent to open up a whole bunch of hockey rinks that wouldn’t be used,” he said.

As for Mountain Arena, Johnson said he is working with the city’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Elizabeth Richardson to determine the need to continue using the site for testing, knowing there is a “high” interest among Mountain groups who want to use the facility this winter.

Richardson said the city has applied to the Ontario Health West for funding to expand its space needs.

The Hester Street arena reopened as a testing centre April 17 after being closed in mid-March.

It's open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. People are encouraged to call their family doctor or the Hamilton Public Health Services at 905-974-9848 to book a test.