O’Brien Icehouse Reopening 22nd June 2020
O’Brien Icehouse will be commencing a staged reopening from Monday the 22nd June. Things will be a little different when we reopen but we want to reassure our loyal ice sports community that we will continue to deliver you a safe and enjoyable experience at the Icehouse.
The health and safety of our patrons and staff is of the upmost importance. We will be introducing new health and safety measures in line with the government’s advice and requirements. Some of this will be visible when you walk into the venue and there will be other measures behind the scenes.
From 22nd June, State Government COVID-19 temporary regulations allows indoor sports venues to open subject to the following restrictions:
- Indoor sports centres and venues can be opened with up to 20 people allowed per separate enclosed space, subject to the four square metre rule, with up to 10 people per group or activity.
- Sport and exercise activities are only allowed if you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart) and they are not competitive.
- No use of communal showers or change rooms, however toilets can open.
Online Ticket Purchase
Online tickets for public skating, hockey drop-in and freestyle sessions will be available Tuesday 16th June from 12.00pm. The current limit on the number of people we can have on the rink means that some people may miss out on tickets during the initial release. We ask that the community be fair and do not book out multiple sessions in the first week and leaving others missing out. There will be plenty of opportunity coming up.
Online tickets will be released every Monday beginning Tuesday 16th June from 12.00pm for the following week’s schedule.
Vouchers and coupons will be temporarily suspended until capacity restrictions are eased further.
There will be 2 hour sessions everyday available for recreational ice skating. All tickets must be purchased online on our website prior to arrival and will be capped at 19 tickets per session. We ask that you only bring what you require and leave any valuables at home or in the car. Lockers will not be available. There will be a 30-minute break between each session to allow the team to clear and clean the venue. During this time all patrons will be asked to leave the venue with their belongings. If you wish to reenter you’ll be required to purchase a ticket for the next session online. Skate aids will be available but we ask you to bring your own helmet (to limit the sharing of equipment during this period).
Admission will temporarily be priced at a flat rate of $28.00 per person for each 2 hour session, including skate hire. Be advised this is only a temporary measure with the current limits on patrons allowed in the venue. There will be no spectators tickets available with the current restrictions in place.
Drop-In Hockey Sessions
These sessions will be available from the 22nd June and admission must be purchased online prior to the session. Sessions will be available for up to 19 patrons. Under the State Governments requirements, communal showers and change rooms will remain closed. Patrons to these sessions will be required to arrive ready in their gear no more than 15 minutes before the session start time. Skates can be put on at the venue in the designated area. We understand this is a significant change but we ask for your patience during these new operating conditions. A detailed list of Covid-19 restrictions is available in the below link and includes ensuring all sessions are non-contact and non-competitive and Skaters maintain 1.5m distancing (the length of a hockey stick) wherever possible.
Sessions for Freestyle will be available from the 22nd June. Tickets must be purchased online or arranged through an Icehouse Private Coach.
Hockey Academy & Skate School
The re-commencement of Hockey Academy, Skate School and Figure Skating Academy will be depend on Victorian Government regulations. Our aim is to restart these programs in line with the Victorian school dates, week beginning 13th July (subject to Victorian Government regulations).
Outstanding classes from Term 1 will be credited to your profile.
Skate School and FSA students from Term 1 are recommended to enrol into the same class as Term 1, unless you were given a pass and badge prior to the temporary closure of the venue.
To our valued members, we will keep all memberships suspended for stage 1 of our reopening – particularly as we are unable to offer your complete entitlements under these membership arrangements. Prepaid memberships will remain suspended and be extended to their full term once we are able to again offer our full range of activities.. We hope in the coming weeks and with a further lifting of restrictions that we can recommence our membership program.
Coffee Club will be recommencing on the 22nd June at 10:00am. Dorothy and Mark will coach 9 students each so there will be 18 spots available. Tickets must be purchased online prior to arrival.
Birthday parties, corporate bookings and school groups will remain suspended till further notice. We anticipate these events will be available later in the year.
The café will remain closed but there are plenty of delicious restaurants open at The District Docklands. We do ask you eat before or after your session and do not bring food into the venue.
For those wishing for more information in regards to Ice Hockey club training, Curling, Speed Skating and other group training, please contact your club representative.
Skaters Network – Pro Shop
The onsite pro shop will be reopening on the 22nd June. Stay up to date by following them on instagram.
We thank you all for your patience during our temporary closure and whilst we change the way we operate our number one priority is the health and safety of all our guests and staff.
When you come to the Icehouse, you’re reminded to practice safe physical distancing of 1.5 meters, good hand hygiene and stay home if you’re feeling unwell.
For any enquiries please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org