Archie Browning Sports Centre

Archie Browning Sports Centre Guidelines for Participants

The Archie Browning Sports Centre is re-opening after closing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the safety of public and staff please carefully review the following:

Re-open for Booked Users Groups Only: August 28-September 7, 2020

Our gradual re-opening begins with sport organizations operating under Via Sport and sport-specific operating guidelines, and booked in advance through facility bookings. Any users group looking to reserve space by complete and have approved, a facility-specific COVID Risk Assessment and Response Plan. For more information on facility bookings, please visit the facility and park rental section of our website.

Re-open for Public Skating: September 8, 2020

Public skating will resume by advanced reservation only on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020. Registration for public skate sessions will open September 1st, 2020. View the arena drop-in schedule through our online catalog. Public skates will not run on statutory holidays. 

After registration opens,  space can be reserved up to 14 days in advance. Skate rentals can be booked for $3.50/pair upon reservation, no helmets available - please bring your own (bike helmets are suitable). Please book skates in advance. All equipment will be sanitized before and after use. 

Skate Lessons Resume: September 29, 2020

As of August 26th, 2020 we are planning for skate lessons to resume on September 29th with registration opening on September 1st. Please check back for more information. 


Things will be different, please continue reading to understand how we will be operating for the safety of public and staff going forward, in accordance with directives from Public Health:


General Information 

  • Please stay home if you are sick. If you need to assess your symptoms, please call 8-1-1 or use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment tool.
  • Physical distancing is not optional. Those who are unable to follow the guidelines will be asked to leave the facility. Patrons must stay  2 metres apart from one another and staff.
  • Admission is by reservation only - advanced reservation for public skating or league/sport organization registration through approved user groups.
  • Only approved user groups are permitted access. Users groups are approved only after submitting a COVID Risk Assessment and Response Plan, and a signed facility agreement.
  • Sports organizations operating under ViaSport and Provincial Sport Organizations protocols, in conjunction with Archie Browning Sports Centre facility protocols. All operate under the direction of Public Health and the Provincial Health Officer. 

Getting Ready For Your Visit 

  • Arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to your booked ice time. 
  • Bring your own water bottle. No sharing of water bottles.
  • Lockers are not available. We encourage patrons to keep personal items at a minimum. Esquimalt Parks and Recreation is not responsible for lost or stolen items. 
  • Your registration limits you to the time booked. No exceptions.

Arriving at the Centre 

  • Arena admissions enter from the "Player's Entrance". Follow the posted directional signage. This entrance is located on the McDonald's drive-thru side of the building. There is no entry through the front doors. The front doors will remain secured for access by appointment only. 
  • Curling admissions will enter from the rear parking lot to the curling hallway doors.
  • Only those with a reservation or are associated with an approved user group are permitted access to the facility Please maintain a 2 metre distance at all times.
  • For user groups - Temporary dressing rooms have been built in the arena lobby. Upon entry through the “player’s entrance”, you will notice a schedule. Please follow this schedule which help ensure physical distancing and sanitization standards can be maintained. The first group of the day will be directed to the Hallway Dressing Rooms 1/2  & Arena Lobby Dressing Room A, the next group to the Hallway Dressing Rooms 3/4  & Arena Lobby Dressing Room B --- this schedule will alternate throughout the day.
  • Percept spray and paper towels are available in the dressing rooms for user groups. It is expected that the first player arriving and the last player leaving sprays benches and doors knobs for the dressing room space they are utilizing. 

During Your Visit 

  • Everyone must wash hands when entering the facility, using soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Please be prepared to exit the facility at the end of your allotted time.  There is absolutely nocongregating in the facility.

Additional Information 

Via Sport has issued “Phase 3 Return to Play Guidelines” which include:

PHASE 3: PROGRESSIVELY LOOSEN 
Q: What types of activities are allowed within the current phase? 
A: We are currently in Phase Three: Progressively Loosen according to the Sport Activity Chart. viaSport has developed the Sport Activity Chart to outline the types of activities that can be considered as we transition through the different phases. Though there is a range of activities that may be allowed within a given phase, it is still the advice of the PHO to move slowly. Therefore, sport-specific activities may progress more gradually than outlined in this chart. 

Phase Three: Progressively Loosen includes: 
•    introduction of sport cohorts
•    introduction of competitive sport activities within the cohort environment 
•    gradual introduction of travel for sport purposes

Q: Does my sport organization need to update our Return to Sport Guidelines and/or safety plan? 
A: Yes, if your organization is introducing new activities that were either not outlined in your original plan, or that no longer align to the current recommendations, guidelines and related safety plans will need to be updated. Please submit updates by email.

Q: Can individuals participate in more than one cohort? 
A: Public health is still advising individuals to remain cautious about the number of people they are interacting with. Therefore, it is recommended that individuals limit the number of sport cohorts they are involved with.

Q: Should masks be worn if you cannot maintain physical distancing? 
A: Individuals should wear masks when outside the field of play if they are not able to maintain physical distancing. This includes but is not limited to shared spaces such as dressing rooms, hallways, team benches, staging areas, etc.

For the complete list of questions and answers from Via Sport, please see here