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Sarnia reviewing its no-spectator policy for arenas

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Journal Staff

City Hall says it is on working new operating standards to allow spectators for on-ice activities at the Progressive Sales Auto Arena.

Under provincial guidelines, no more than 50 people can attend an indoor event at an arena. But after problems arose with spectators coming and going between ice rentals at PASA, with potential COVID-19 exposure, the city moved to prohibit spectators in the stands.

The number of coaches and on-ice helpers was also reduced from 10 to five, and no more than 20 skaters allowed on the ice surface per rental.

Once the new operating standards are ready they’ll be reviewed by Lambton Public Health and the city’s arena advisory committee, the city said.

The process could be complete in the next two weeks.

The city said each rink will have its own specific spectator area, subject to being able to maintain social distancing.

Clearwater Arena and Rink 1 at PASA are schedule to reopen Sept. 14 and Sarnia Arena on Sept. 21 for minor hockey, figure skating and recreational leagues.

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