Friday’s decision to pause hockey was based on the public recommendation by Toronto’s medical officer of health that indoor team sports be temporarily discontinued. The recommendation was a surprise since it was different from the communication that Toronto Health had given the Association earlier in the week.
Decisions like the one we made Friday are never easy, particularly in the absence of consensus among government officials. Since we resumed operations in mid-August, following protocols established by Hockey Canada and the OWHA, we have aimed to balance the desire to have our kids on the ice with the safety of our members and our wish to act as responsible citizens in our community. These aims continue to guide our decisions. Throughout, we have looked to local health and government authorities for guidance.
Today, the Province of Ontario, while acknowledging Dr de Villa’s recommendations, affirmed their belief in the safety of existing provincial guidelines for indoor sports throughout the province, including Toronto. Thus, the two governing bodies for Health are in disagreement but the Province is the higher-ranking decision-maker.
Based on this information, the TLGHA Board approved the resumption of hockey for our Competitive program effectively immediately, including the U9 and U11 development skates which will be rescheduled for this weekend. The new start for our House League program is October 15; House League families can expect to receive updates on the schedule and arena protocols well before then. We will endeavour to add hours to the House League program to make up for time missed last weekend.
The Association will continue to monitor announcements from the government and will keep you updated. We share your eagerness to get our players back on the ice and appreciate your understanding as we navigate these difficult and uncertain times.