Updated: June 26, 2020 06:14 PM
Created: June 26, 2020 10:50 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex announced Friday that it is scheduled to reopen on July 6.
The iceplex will be implementing a phased reopening approach in which hockey activities will be limited.
General manager Chris Woodworth told us it's doing so under a few phases of their own.
"Per New York State guidelines for sports and recreation facilities we have to allow basically smaller activities to take place, and where we're restricted would really be games, leagues, and tournaments," Woodworth said.
That's the first phase.
Woodworth says phases two and three would open up more internal programs offered at the iceplex, followed by fully opening to the public again. Over the past few months, social distancing improvements and cosmetic work was completed in the building.
"Some areas will be restricted for use from customers and staff," Woodworth said. "We're not going to be utilizing locker rooms initially. We'll have players and participants change along the ringside."
Moving forward, getting league games and tournaments back on track is still uncertain.
"The governing bodies of the sports have a say in that," Woodworth said. "Local leaders have a say in that as far as the region goes, but ultimately it's gonna come down to when new york state allows for games, tournaments, and leagues to start up again."
Youth hockey tournaments in particular is a big money generator for the region.
Visit Rochester president and CEO Don Jeffries says these events can bring between 20 to 100 teams to the area, and tens of millions of dollars every year.
According to the New York State Department of Health Interim Guidance for Sports and Recreation, ice hockey facilities can only permit the playing of hockey within the following limits.
“We are thrilled to resume operations - albeit in a limited capacity - with the highest recommended standard of safety protocols in place, allowing for a safe return to the sport”, said? Christopher Woodworth, General Manager of Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex?. "With a large hockey community present in Monroe County, it is both the sports facilities and customers responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to their teammates, friends, and family. We must all work together so we can continue to reopen
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