COVID 19 UPDATE from The Government Of Ontario:

(November 19, 2020)


Please note that our public health unit will move into the Orange category in the province's pandemic response framework as of Monday, November 16.



  • Maximum 50 people per facility in all combined recreational fitness spaces or programs (not pools, rinks at arenas, community centres, and multi-purpose facilities)

  • No spectators permitted (exemption for parent and guardian supervision of children)

  • Team or individual sports must be modified to avoid physical contact; 50 people per league

  • Exemption for high performance athletes and parasports

  • Limit duration of stay to 90 minutes except if engaging in sport

  • Limit volume of music to conversation level and prevent shouting by both instructors and members of the public

  • Face coverings required except when exercising

  • Increase spacing between patrons to 3 metres for areas of a sport or recreational facility where there are weights or weight machines and exercise and fitness classes

  • Require contact information for all patrons and attendance for team sports

  • Require reservation for entry; one reservation for teams

  • Require screening of members of the public, including spectators (for example, questionnaire)

  • A safety plan must be available upon request


COVID 19 UPDATE from The Arena:

(October 7, 2020)

COVID 19 UPDATE from Ringette Ontario:

(July 15, 2020)

COVID 19 UPDATE from the board:

(August 20, 2020)

Dear friends and members,


We’re reaching out in hopes that everyone is well and to provide an update on our upcoming 2020/21 ringette season.


Hopefully many of you have been keeping up with updates from Ringette Ontario and their return to play guidelines ( If not, we encourage you to have a look to learn more. Ringette will look different, but everyone is working to ensure that our members are safe, develop as players and of course have fun!


With the release of these updated guidelines last week, the EFRA Board is preparing a return to play plan on behalf of our association that is compliant with RO guidelines, Provincial Health Guidelines for the Province of Ontario, Municipal and Facility Regulations for our Associations’ Facilities and Ringette Canada’s Pan-Canadian Return to Ringette Guidelines. This plan needs to be approved by Ringette Ontario before we can initiate any on-ice activity.


As part of our planning, it is helpful for us to have an idea of how many families plan to register for ringette this fall. If you’re comfortable registering now, please click here for more information:


We also appreciate that many of you may be hesitant to register without a clear vision of how the season will look.  If you’re hesitant with registering or have questions, please send us an email

In the meantime, an initial draft overview of EFRA’s proposed stage 2 procedures are below for reference and we can share the following:

  • Ice will go in on Pad A in the Centre Wellington Sportsplex and Elora Community Centre in early September. Safety protocols for scheduling and accessing ice are in development and will be reflected in EFRA’s Return to Play plan
  • Once our plan is approved by Ringette Ontario (RO), we expect to be operating in Stage 2 - Return to Modified Training of RO’s guidelines defined as:
    • ringette activities to begin once the association has completed their own. Return to Ringette Activity package and had it approved by Ringette Ontario
    • focused on individual training and practicing but does allow participants to get back on the ice, if ice is available, under the facilities restrictions on number of participants and local health regulations
    • should emphasize small groups and focuses on development of fundamental skills
  • EFRA is proposing we operate 12 weeks of programming to start October 1st - involving safe and physically distanced groups of players organized by age and skill level, with on-ice activity focused on skill and skating development…and of course fun.
  • Please note that provincial stages may not align with RO’s ringette stages
  • For players previously playing in other associations, RO is directing families to register and play in their local association for RO stages 2 and 3. Registrations can be transferred to other associations if needed in later stages.
  • Over the fall we will continuously re-assess and respond to any changes as needed due to changes in the severity of COVID19.


We will share more details as soon as possible. In the meantime,  please make sure to visit for update and ensure you’re signed-up to receive email notifications by subscribing here:


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And of course, if you have additional questions, please contact us anytime


Stay well and we look forward to being back on the ice soon,

EFRA Board of Directors


Elora Fergus Ringette Association - Stage 2 Draft Overview of Procedures



  • Players and coaches will be sorted into group of no more than 25 (called a cohort) based on age and skill level
  • Each cohort will have a designated Screener



  • Pre-screening - 24 hours prior to ice-time
  • Screening upon entry to facility; entering as a group
  • Everyone in the arena is wearing a mask
  • Change rooms are not accessible; players arrive dressed (except skates and helmets); players must bring their own water bottles and cannot be shared.
  • One parent per skater to assist with skate tying and spectating (exceptions can be made and must be approved 24 hours in advance).



  • 25 bodies on the ice maximum
  • Physical distancing is required on the ice
  • Players have a mask on until they have helmet on; and must be warn when helmet comes off

Post Ice-Time:

  • If any players or anyone in your household are feeling unwell, experience symptoms of COVID19 or test positive for COVID19 or come in contact with anyone outside of ringette who had tested positive for COVID19, you must notify your designated screener immediately.
  • Should any members of EFRA test positive for COVID19, all members will be notified immediately and ringette activity may be suspended.

COVID 19 UPDATE from Ringette Ontario:

(July 15, 2020)

After the release of Ringette Ontario’s Return to Ringette (RTR) Guidelines, we announced that we would be hosting a virtual town hall on July 15th to answer any questions you may have surrounding COVID-19, ringette and safety protocols for the upcoming season. In light of the Provincial Government’s recent announcement to enter into Stage 3 of its reopening plan, Ringette Ontario has made the decision to reschedule our town hall. 

Over the next week, we will be working in collaboration with the RO Audit & Risk Standing Committee, SCC and other provincial sport organizations in order to determine how our RTR Guidelines will work within Ontario’s Stage 3 and if areas within our Guidelines need to be revised in order to accommodate for this new information.

Our next virtual town hall will take place next Wednesday (July 22nd) at 6:00 pm on Facebook Live.  We will be joined by Ringette Ontario's Executive Director, Pamela Julian, Technical Director, Karla Xavier and Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Marian Agyei-Gyamera. If you have any questions about 'Return to Ringette', please respond to this email and we will do our best to answer them for you next Wednesday. Please note that all questions submitted prior to July 15th will be added to the question list for next week.

As a community and sport-based organization, we strive to be transparent and informative and want to ensure the Return to Ringette guidelines, documents and resources we share during this time are conducive to the spaces that ringette is played.  

Please visit our website for additional information and resources related to Return to Ringette.

Thank you all for your continued patience, understanding and support during this time.
Best Wishes,
The Ringette Ontario Team

COVID 19 UPDATE from the board:

Hello EFRA Families,

First and foremost, the board of directors at Elora Fergus Ringette hope all are well and safe at this time.

We are reaching out to connect with our members, to let you know we are working behind the scenes to ensure that we can get back on the ice in a way that is safe for our players, coaches, bench staff, parents and fans.

On June 5, Ringette Ontario (RO) announced that all ringette activities are suspended until at least Sept. 1, 2020 and all sanctioned tournaments and league play are suspended until at least Jan. 1, 2021.  This statement is from RO.  Please understand that actual return to play action is still dependent on Provincial Emergency Orders, Guelph Wellington Dufferin Public Health (GWDPH), the Township of Centre Wellington and what our Board decides.

Ringette Canada has created a National Direction for Return to Ringette document, to read the full document, please click here .  From that document, Ringette Ontario has created their own Return to Ringette (RTR) guidelines for play in Ontario.  To read that document, please click here EFRA will be considering both of these documents as well, will be working with GWDPH, the Township of Centre Wellington and other ice users in Centre Wellington to create a feasible plan that works for our community.   

Registration is currently open with a $100 deposit, $50 for new U8 age players.  Season Registration Fees are suspended at this time, when set, fees will be in line with the costs that reflect the realities of the season and the ice time we are able to offer.
The health and safety of our families and community members continue to be our top priority.  We ask that all members please be patient with us; the documents mentioned above outline a number of changes, many things we have never had to consider before.  Ringette this season will look different from what it has in the past, that we do know.

Some FAQ’s regarding the season from the RO point of view have been posted on the Ringette Ontario website.  For EFRA updates, please refer to our website and/or our Facebook page.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the chair at 

Nancy Richardson
EFRA Chair

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