Douglas N. Everett Arena
9The Douglas N. Everett Arena hosts dry floor events from mid-March to mid-September. From mid-September to mid-march, the arena operates as an ice arena and hosts ice skating activities such as public ice skating, stick practice, and hockey.
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Everett Arena Reopening for Hockey
The Everett Arena has reopened to contracted hockey groups as of October 30, 2020 after a two-week suspension of all ice activities per advisement of the State of New Hampshire's COVID-19 reopening task force. The break from activities was advised due to concern of recent reports of COVID-19 outbreaks linked to ice hockey at indoor arena facilities. It was intended for arenas to put additional safety measures in place, clean and sanitize facilities, and to give players and their families time to get tested.
The task force released new guidelines on October 24, 2020 that includes the requirement for all rink staff, volunteers, coaches/staff, referees, and athletes (youth and adult leagues) be tested at least once for COVID-19 prior to November 6, 2020. The test should be performed after the 2-week pause (October 15) and can either be PCR or Antigen based (rapid test). Test results must be provided to the hockey program on or before November 6 with a copy being kept by the program for 30 days. A person is exempt if they have previously tested positive for COVID-19 in the three months prior to October 15 with a virus-specific test used to diagnose active infection (PCR or antigen based test).
There have not been any known COVID-19 cases linked to the Everett Arena. The Everett Arena has been exceeding all guidelines for cleaning and sanitization, has had safety measures in place for increased air filtration, and will also now be implementing a new screening kiosk for improved COVID-19 screenings with touchless temperature taking. Everyone that enters the arena will be required to be screened and have their temperature taken at the kiosk in the front entrance lobby.
Find more information about the new screening kiosk and updated arena guidelines below.
Public Ice Skating and Stick Practice
Public ice skating and stick practice returned on November 2, 2020. The extended suspension of ice skating and stick practice is to allow time for notification to the public of new testing requirements. Individuals that participated in ice activities (including public ice skating and stick practice) prior to October 15 are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result on or before November 6 (and be able to provide documentation if required to DHHS). The test should be performed after the 2-week pause (October 15) and can either be PCR or Antigen based (rapid test). A person is exempt if they have previously tested positive in the three months prior to October 15. Everyone that enters the arena will be required to be screened and have their temperature taken at the kiosk in the front entrance lobby. Face masks or facial coverings are now required while on the ice for public ice skating and recommended for stick practice in addition to the existing requirement to wear masks / coverings while in the facility. Please note that Sunday public skating sessions will be reduced to 1 hour and 30 minutes from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to allow additional time for cleaning as required by state guidelines before the next scheduled event at the arena.
Find more information about the new screening kiosk and updated arena guidelines below.
New COVID-19 Guidelines - Updated October 29, 2020
Starting on October 30, 2020, all ice activities at the Everett Arena will follow updated COVID-19 guidelines in accordance with the CDC, State of New Hampshire, and City of Concord. The State of New Hampshire's COVID-19 reopening task force released new guidelines for hockey and indoor ice arenas on October 24.
Everett Arena COVID-19 Screening Kiosk
The Everett Arena has a new COVID-19 screening kiosk in the front entrance lobby for all visitors and staff to complete upon entering the facility. This new technology is a touchless mobile application that will provide a risk assessment to ensure COVID-19 guideline compliance. It's quick and easy to use. Just scan the QR code at the arena (or visit the questionnaire website on your phone before visiting the arena), fill out the quick questionnaire, and a unique QR code will be generated on your phone for you to scan at the kiosk. The QR code is time sensitive and will expire after the end of the day. Once the code has been scanned, use the hands free thermometer to take your temperature on your forehead or wrist. Access to the arena will be granted after successful completion of this screening. Everyone that enters the arena will be required to be screened and have their temperature taken at the kiosk in the front entrance lobby. All visitors will be logged. Paper forms will be made available as a backup if there are any issues with the kiosk or if a visitor does not have access to a phone.
Everett Arena Hockey, Public Skating, & Stick Practice Guidelines
All groups must follow these updated COVID-19 guidelines when visiting the arena:
- Use the main front entrance only to enter the building.
- Use the side door near the river only to exit the building.
- All guests are required to complete a screening with temperature checking.
- Guests prior to October 15 are required to attest they have been tested for COVID-19.
- Tests should be performed after October 15.
- Tests can either be PCR or Antigen based (ie Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid Test).
- Anyone attending public ice skating or stick practice must attest they have been tested with a negative result (and be able to provide documentation if asked) if they participated in ice activities prior to October 15.
- Hockey groups must provide test results to their hockey programs on or before November 6. Hockey groups will keep a copy for 30 days.
- A person is exempt if they have previously tested positive in the three months prior to October 15 with a virus-specific test used to diagnose active infection (PCR or Antigen based test).
- Any program or team that starts for the first time this year after October 30 is not required to have COVID-19 testing.
- COVID-19 Testing Options
- All guests are required to wear a mask or facial covering while in the building. Masks or facial coverings are now required while on the ice during public ice skating. Masks or facial coverings are recommended while on the ice during stick practice and hockey, but not required when actively engaged in athletics.
- Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet while on and off the ice.
- Building doors will be locked until 15 minutes before events.
- Follow signage. One-way traffic has been established throughout the arena an on the ice.
- All skaters must skate in the same direction for public ice skating.
- Sneeze guards in place at front desk / admission area and at the Pro Shop.
- Public ice skating will be reduced to 50% occupancy or less.
- Immediate family only allowed in the building 5 minutes before stick practice or hockey practice / games. Siblings MUST stay with parent or group will be asked to leave.
- Skate rentals and skate aide walkers will be thoroughly disinfected after each use.
- Limiting adult and youth stick practice to 20 skaters and 2 goalies.
- Visit Concord Youth Hockey Association's (CYHA) website for their full list of guidelines.
- Hockey players must stay in locker rooms until arena staff notifies them to enter the ice.
- Hockey players exiting the ice must immediately go to their locker rooms and will have 15 minutes to change. Players in Locker Room C & D will exit out the back door of their locker room. Players in Locker Room A or B will wait until notified by arena staff to exit out the side building doors.
- Score box will only be authorized for use by the score keeper, time keeper, and announcer. Score box and balcony will be closed weekdays except for games.
- No spitting, communal food, and sharing of water bottles.
- Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the facility.
- Increased cleaning and disinfection are provided with touch points cleaned every 2 hours.
- Improved air quality with MERV 13 filtration and increased outdoor air ventilation.
- Pro Shop will follow retail guidance.
- Snack bar will follow restaurant guidance.
- Only Everett Arena staff will be authorized to let people into the building.
For more details, please view our Public Skating & Stick Practice COVID-19 Guidelines and Hockey COVID-19 Guidelines.
Please follow these new guidelines so we can all safely enjoy ice skating, hockey, and stick practice. Public safety is our first priority and we ask everyone to please stay home if they are not well. Learn more about ice skating and stick practice by visiting www.concordnh.gov/skating.
In the 1930’s, Concord citizens formed a not-for-profit corporation, The Concord Ice Skating Arena, Inc., to build and operate an indoor ice skating arena. The arena was built in 1965 and named after Doug Everett, a 1932 Olympic Silver Medalist, for his skill in skating and hockey as well as his civic and business leadership. In 1981, the City of Concord acquired the Everett Arena and the facility is now owned, operated, and maintained by the General Services Department. The arena’s mission is to provide a safe, attractive, and well-operated multi-purpose facility for the Concord community at competitive rates of other facilities in the region.