Since the initial lock down announced on March 13, 2020, and now projecting the potential return to ice during Stage 3 of the reopening plan in August 2021, our athletes will have missed over nine months or approximately 200 days of training time. During periods when the lock downs were lifted over the past 14 months, Mariposa was able to safely operate well over 3000 on-ice training sessions that included more than 350 different athletes at a variety of levels. In partnership with the City of Barrie, the Mariposa School of Skating followed, and in most cases exceeded, all mandated screening, safety, risk mitigation, and tracking protocols for all training sessions and had ZERO positive cases associated with any of its programs.
We are deeply disappointed and extremely discouraged that our athletes continue to be categorized as participants in a “high risk” activity, particularly when the evidence has shown precisely the opposite. As a result of both Mariposa and the Ontario skating community’s commitment to the implementation of COVID-19 safety protocols, there have been no known transmissions at any skating club in the province of Ontario since the pandemic began.
The Mariposa School of Skating issues a call to action for the Ontario Government to reconsider its current reopening plan, and instead provide a swift and safe return to the ice to support the health and well being of our athletes, coaches, and skating organizations across Ontario.