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Whitecourt makes helmet use mandatory on ice rinks

Whitecourt residents and anyone else who wishes to use the Town’s indoor or outdoor skating rinks for activities will now be required to wear a helmet.

Town Council this week adopted an amendment to the Protective Headgear Use Policy, upon a recommendation from the Community Services Board.

Signage reminding people about the policy will be in place at the ice rinks. The Protective Headgear Use Policy 72-019 now includes those who participate in public skating or shinney on both indoor or outdoor rinks, stating:

1. All participants of minor hockey, ringette, public skating, shinney, and Broomall, adult recreation participants of the same, and students participating in school use activities are required to wear protective helmets. Facemasks are strongly recommended.

2. All users of non-supervised outdoor rinks are required to wear protective helmets. Facemasks are strongly recommended.

3. Individuals indicated above found not wearing required protective headgear will not be allowed to use the facility.

4. Due to the fact that staff may not be present at indoor or outdoor facilities, protective headgear use may not be actively enforced.

Mayor Maryann Chichak says the policy will be for all ages and comes down to community safety.

Chichak said while Town staff will not always be available to supervise and enforce the policy, people will still be reminded by staff and bylaw officers to wear a helmet if they are caught without one while on the ice.

The policy went into effect upon its adoption on May 25th.

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