Glacier Ice Rink supports the proposed revisions to the current Missoula City-County Health Department (MCCHD) COVID-19 mitigation requirements.
We have worked closely with the MCCHD to develop event plans and operating policies to keep our patrons and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures have included limiting the number of people allowed on the ice at one time to 25 people, with up to 50 people during outdoor public skating sessions.
Because of these capacity restrictions, we have been unable to host hockey games that involve more than 25 people, which impacts our youth hockey travel teams and the Missoula Jr. Bruins hockey team. These teams have been forced to travel outside Missoula to play their home games, which has created a financial burden on these teams. It has also exposed players to potential health risks in communities that do not have the same safety measures as Missoula.
The proposed increase in group sizes allows the rink to host hockey games for the remainder of the season following the protocols we have already implemented. We will also be able to serve more community members through our public skating sessions, which will increase to 50 people on the indoor rink and up to 60 people on the outdoor rink.
We remain committed to public safety during this time and will continue to enforce mask usage for participants and spectators while in our facility.
We recommend that the board of health adopt these rule changes at their February 18 meeting. To submit a comment of support, please visit the MCCHD website. Comments are due Tuesday, February 16 by 5 pm.