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Arena Update

NOTICE: On January 5th, 2022 the Province of Ontario returned to Step 2 (Reg 263/30) of the Road to Reopen Framework. As a result, all indoor sports facilities, including the Thorold Community Arenas, are currently closed. Recently, the Province announced sports and recreation facilities may open with additional restrictions effective January 31, 2022. 

Booking requests are currently being accepted for rentals occurring on January 31st and beyond. Please visit or email to make a rental request. 

Public Skating Programs including Senior Skate, Public Skate and Tiny Tots will resumed on January 31st, 2022. Check out out schedule at 

To see rental availability for the new year please visit

If you are unable to find answers to your questions online please contact and a member of staff will return your email in the new year. 

Please continue to review this page for updates

Community Skating Schedule

NOTICE: Screening will be in effect for the foreseeable future with staff positioned at access points to verify regulation compliance. Those failing to meet provincial requirements will not be permitted access to the facility.

 Arena Guidelines

These guidelines must be enforced by the permit holder or person(s) responsible for the rental.

 Effective December 20th, 2021

  1. Groups and organizations providing a service or function for members of the general public must provide a COVID-19 safety plan if requested.

  2. All guests entering the Arena must wear a mask. Exemptions include:
    • Children under the age of two
    • Individuals with a medical condition that inhibits their ability to wear a mask
    • Individuals unable to put on or remove a face mask without assistance
    • Individuals with accommodation according to AODA or the Human Rights Code

    • Individuals engaging in Athletic Activity 
    • Individuals who are seated in spectator areas AND eating or drinking.
  3. Each household must complete the COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire upon entering the facility.
  4. Effective December 25thAll persons entering the facility 12 and up must show proof of vaccination and identification to staff prior to entering the facility. The City of Thorold will only be accepting enhanced digital certificates as proof of vaccination. If you are in the process of applying for an enhanced certificate due to exceptional circumstances please contact for a temporary exemption. 

  5. No more than 50 participants are permitted on the ice at any time, unless otherwise discussed with Arena Management.
  6. Spectators capacities will be limited in both Arenas for the foreseeable future:
    • The Frank Doherty Arena is limited to 300 spectators
    • The James Whyte Arena is limited to 50 spectators, OR 2 spectators per participant

  7. Community, team and off-ice events are not permitted for the foreseeable future.
  8. Food and Drink are not permitted in the Arena for the foreseeable future. This includes, but is not limited to: 
    • Outside food/beverages (i.e. Tim Hortons)

    • Canteen/ purchased food
    • Pizza parties
      • Players are permitted to bring water and sport drinks
  9. Participants must take measures to avoid close contact in enclosed spaces. This includes:
    • limiting time in change rooms to 15 minutes before and after program
    • Maintaining 6 feet of physical distance in change rooms, committee room and storage areas
      • It is further recommended that guest avoid close contact by:
    • Minimizing time spent in tight spaces such as corridors and entries
    • Spacing guests apart as they enter the facility

    • Spacing guests apart in program/event area

    • Asking guests not to loiter in lobby 
      • Signage will be posted with capacities for change rooms and the committee room

10. It is strongly recommended that guests arrive fully or partially dressed to limit time in change rooms.

11. It is strongly recommended spectators avoid close contact with individuals outside their immediate  household. It is further advised that individuals are seated with members of their immediate household in spectator areas.

12. It is strongly encouraged that voice amplifying devices are used where possible to avoid yelling.

13. The Committee Room will be available for meetings. No food or drink will be permitted in this space. Birthday party's and gatherings will not be permitted for the foreseeable future.

14. Guests may enter from the entrances adjacent to the Ormond Street and Front Street Parking lots. The  main entrance across from the Book Depot will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

15. Participants should label belongings to avoid cross contamination.

 Vaccine Certificate Protocols
*Please note that as of December 25th, 2021 all guests 12+ will be require to show proof of double vaccination

What do I need to bring when I come to the Arena?

  1. Participants 18 and older:
    • Personal Identification
    • Proof of Double Vaccine
  2. Spectators 12 and older:
    • Personal Identification
    • Proof of Double Vaccine
  3. Participants/ Spectators Under 12:
    • Personal Identification
  4. Participants 12 to 17:
    • Personal Identification

Accepted Proof of Vaccinations

  1. An Ontario vaccination receipt from a vaccine clinic, OR
  2. A vaccination receipt signed by an Indigenous Health Provider, OR
  3. An Ontario Ministry of Health vaccination receipt received by email, OR
  4. A downloaded vaccination receipt from Ontario's provincial booking portal, OR
  5. A vaccination receipt from another jurisdiction that shows the holder is fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Accepted Identification

  • Birth certificate
  • Citizenship card
  • Driver's license 
  • Government issued identification card, including health card
  • Indian Status Card/ Indigenous Membership Card
  • Permanent Resident Card


  • Individuals may provide a written document, completed and supplied by a physician or registered nurse showing proof of medical reason for not being fully vaccinated. Medical notes must provide the time-period for which the exemption is applicable.

Helpful Links and Documents

Arena COVID-19 Guidelines

Arena Vaccine Certificate Protocols

Arena Screening Questionnaire

Arena Contact Tracing Form

Arena Address:

70 Front Street North

Thorold, ON

L2V 1X6


Contact Us

© 2018 The Corporation of the City of Thorold, 3540 Schmon Parkway, PO Box 1044, Thorold ON, L2V 4A7

Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday

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