COVID-19 Updates: Visit our COVID-19 webpage for full details and up-to-date information.

Skating Activities: Cancelled until further notice.


Return to Public Skating and Stick & Puck Hockey Programs - What to Expect

(Updated on April 1, 2021)

Note: The following Return to Play guidelines will be in place for when recreation facilities reopen and in-person Spring programs and drop-ins are permitted to resume.

When the Town of Aurora is able to welcome participants back, Town staff will continue to work closely with York Region Public Health to develop procedures and guidelines in accordance with provincial and regional health department regulations.

It is imperative that all participants regard health and safety as the highest priority, as one person’s actions can negatively impact the health and wellness of other groups within the building. All Program Participants are expected to follow regulations and direction set by Town staff.

For everyone’s safety and comfort, please review the following information carefully prior to returning to the Public Skating and Stick & Puck Hockey programs.

Thank you for supporting the Town of Aurora Skating and Stick & Puck Hockey Programs. Let’s work together to keep our community safe.

Pre-registration is required. Register online at e-PLAY

Facility Access & Participant Screening
  • Pre-registration is required for all programs and activities. Participants will no longer be permitted to drop into the arenas.
  • All registration will be completed online using the Town of Aurora’s e-PLAY online registration system.
  • All participants will complete a screening upon registration for each Skating or Stick & Puck program.
  • Participants and accompanying parent/guardians are required to complete daily COVID-19 screening requirements with the facility staff before entering the facility. Participants will not be permitted access if they answer “Yes” to any screening questions.
  • Staff will also pre-screen before they enter the facilities daily and report for duty, and will not enter the facilities if ill.
  • The main entrance can be used as an entrance, however all program participants and arena users must follow directional flow and exit by each arena specific exit.
    • A.F.L.C.: Judy Sherin Memorial Arena - West exit
    • S.A.R.C.: Toyota Arena - North West corner; or Pfaff Arena - North East corner
  • Program participants and arena users must travel from dressing room to arena through the North West Doors, and must exit from the arena into the dressing room through the South West doors.
Face Masks are Mandatory
  • The Town of Aurora will follow all York Region guidelines for mandatory masks as outlined in The Regional Municipality of York Medical Officer of Health Instructions to Businesses and Organizations Currently Operating (under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA), R.S.O. 1990 and related Regulations).
  • York Region Public Health has made it mandatory that individuals aged 2 years and older must wear a mask within indoor spaces. To review this guideline in addition to suitable exemptions and additional information regarding the use of masks and face coverings, visit the York Region Public Health website.
  • Face masks and coverings may be removed temporarily for the following purposes: The Person is consuming food or drink, The Person requires to remove the face mask or coverings for any emergency or medical purpose, The Person is actively engaging in an athletic or fitness activity including water-based activities.
Physical Distancing & Signage
  • Participants will be required to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from any other person who is using the facility at all times.
  • There will be floor markings and signage throughout each facility to promote and maintain physical distancing.
  • Program capacities have been restricted so participants can maintain physical distance.
  • Programming is modified and limited, to allow for staggered start and end times.
  • Participants will not be permitted to congregate in the hallways.
  • In an effort to promote physical distancing of all facility users in Community Centres, all participants and arena users must arrive to the facility no earlier than 15 minutes prior to start of the program time, and must vacate the facility no later than 15 minutes after the end of the program time.
  • Activities that are likely to result in individuals coming within two metres of each other are not practiced or played within the facility.
  • At this time, spectators are not permitted to remain on-site. Guardians are able to bring participants in, tie skates, sign into program, but then must vacate the facility.
  • Dressing rooms are no longer available. There will be a designated area for participants to put on their skates and leave their belongings during the program.
  • Player’s benches have been extended to allow for more players on the bench while maintaining physical distancing and additional chairs and floor mats have been added at the end of the benches where possible.
  • Off-ice training (for example: warm-up) is not allowed within the facility, however space outside the facility can be used if physical distancing is followed.
  • Arena users are asked to follow the schedule assignment of dressing rooms, and directional flow into the arena.
  • Arena users must maintain physical distancing while seating in the bench area.
  • There can be no more than 1 individual in the arena penalty box at any given time.
Cleaning and Sanitization
  • The following areas within the arena will be cleaned and sanitized:
    • Spectator areas
    • General areas such as gates and door handles
    • Dressing rooms
    • Player’s benches
    • Penalty box
    • Timekeepers box
  • Program Participants are encouraged to wash and sanitize their hands before and after using the facility and not touch their face. By using the indoor recreation facilities, the program participants voluntarily assume all risks, including any risk of injury, loss, damage and possible exposure to a communicable disease such as COVID-19. 
Miscellaneous 
  • Skating and Stick & Puck Hockey program participants are asked to fill up their water bottle prior to arriving to the facility as the water fountains are not in service.

Skating Activities

Public indoor recreational skating and stick & puck hockey is offered various times throughout the week, year round at numerous locations. Please refer to the current schedule for further details on times and location.

Skating Activities are available at the following locations:

  • Aurora Family Leisure Complex (A.F.L.C.)
  • Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex (S.A.R.C.)
  • Aurora Community Centre (A.C.C.)

Outdoor skating is also available weather dependent in the winter months (usually January to mid-March). For an updated list of outdoor rink locations and availability please see below.

Pre-registration is required. Register online at e-PLAY

Registration
To ensure more equitable access to drop-in activities, we will be opening one week at a time for registration, rather than opening the entire season at once.
- Residents: Each Saturday at 9 a.m., resident registration will open for drop-in activities that are running the following Saturday to Friday.
- Non-Residents: Each Friday at 9 a.m., non-resident registration will open for drop-in activities running Saturday (the following day) to Friday.

Prices

Admission Fees - Public Skating

$3.00 per skate, per person

$24.50 for 10 tickets, $45.90 for 20 tickets, $66.30 for 30 tickets

Admission Fees - Stick & Puck Hockey

$6.35 per skate, per person

$51.20 for 10 tickets 

Note: Prices effective January 1, 2021.
Learn about multi-ticket discount pricing and ticket refunds.

Desjardins Days

Free Public Skate activities happen one day per month! See the Desjardins Days webpage for details.

Schedule - Spring 2021: May 10 to May 31, 2021

Pre-registration is required. Register online at e-PLAY

Location: S.A.R.C.
Public Skate
DayTime
Sunday 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Wednesday 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
Senior Skate
DayTime
Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. 
Family Stick & Puck
DayTime
Sunday 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. 

 

Schedule - Summer 2021: June 1 to September 3, 2021

Pre-registration is required. Register online at e-PLAY

Location: S.A.R.C.
Public Skate
DayTime
Wednesday 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

 

Outdoor Skating

Outdoor Skating - Updated on March 4, 2021.

All outdoor skating rinks are closed for the season.

Outdoor Rink Locations

Note - All rinks, except James Lloyd Park, will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week, weather and rink conditions permitting. James Lloyd Park will close at 10 p.m.

Outdoor Rink Closures

As the weather begins to get warmer, staff will continue to monitor rink conditions and may begin closing rinks for the season, on a location by location basis at any time.

Rules of Use 
  • Use of outdoor rink time is for pleasure skating for Town of Aurora residents only.
  • No hockey, stick & puck play or other sports are permitted.
  • Maximum capacity for all rinks is 25 people, except at James Lloyd Park where the maximum capacity is 15 people.
  • Masks are mandatory and physical distancing of 2 metres or more must be maintained at all times.
  • Helmets are recommended.
  • There are no washroom facilities available.
  • Note - All outdoor rinks are subject to closure without notice due to inclement weather, poor rink conditions, orders from the provincial or federal government, etc. In the event of a closure, every effort will be made to notify participants by email.
Please do not Attend the Outdoor Rinks if you:
  • Are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, cough, sore throat or difficulty swallowing, runny nose, stuffy nose or nasal congestion, decrease or loss of smell or taste, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, not feeling well, extreme tiredness or sore muscles;
  • Have been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19; or
  • Have travelled outside Canada in the past 14 days. 

In the current provincial State of Emergency, maximum capacity for each rink is 25 people, except at James Lloyd Park where the maximum capacity is 15 people. Use of the outdoor rinks will be limited to Aurora residents only. Ice rinks will be available for use from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. Note - The James Lloyd Park rink closes at 10 p.m. nightly.

Residents are asked to follow all Public Health recommendations and ask that you wear a mask and maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet from others while using the rink. No shinny, hockey games or other sports will be allowed (no sticks and no pucks) and helmets are recommended for all participants.

We ask that residents only use the Town constructed ice rinks and that everyone stay off large bodies of water, ponds and storm sewer ponds as water levels can quickly change underneath the ice and the unpredictable weather can pose a danger to those who use it.

Stick & Puck Guidelines and Rules

Adult Stick & Puck Hockey

Adult Stick & Puck Hockey players must be 18 years or older to participate. The Ontario Recreation Facilities Association and the Town of Aurora strongly recommends full equipment be worn including helmet and glove protection.

​Parent & Child Skate/Stick & Puck Hockey

This program allows parents/guardians and children (12 years and under) to learn to skate and work on basic hockey skills.

Hockey equipment such as sticks, pucks, pads, etc. are allowed on the ice surface. Children 6 and under must as accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The Ontario Recreation Facilities Association and the Town of Aurora recommends wearing a helmet and glove protection while on the ice surface.