Nottingham Panthers have become the first club to announce their proposed safety measures post Covid as clubs look to welcome fans back into arenas.
The club, who play out of the Motorpoint Arena, issued a statement on their website to outline the changes that are being made to safeguard the spectators when they return in September.
And processes in ticketing, prize draw and even interaction with players have been altered as they look forward to their first home game against Cardiff Devils in the pre-season Diamond Jubilee Cup on Sunday 12th September.
The Elite League has adopted a double-jabbed policy for players which is being incorporated into the registration system run by the EIHL Head of Hockey Operations,” the statement on their website reads.
“Whilst it may not be the law, for everyone’s safety, we would really prefer if everyone coming to the upcoming games was double-jabbed (apart from those with exceptions or youngsters).
“Panthers’ staff will continue to wear face masks when dealing with the public and the more fans who do the same at least until they reach their seats the more protected everyone may feel.
As match tickets go on sale for the first time in a long time let's talk safety first
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“If you want to keep your masks on throughout your visit you are welcome to do so. We want spectators to feel safe and secure throughout their visits to our matches.
“We are aiming to cut down the face-to-face interactions as best we can so the club will change the way we operate the fifty-50 and shirt off his back raffles.
“The plan means we will extend the online sales that have proven very popular throughout the pandemic.
“You will still be able to buy tickets actually at home games because there will be QR codes all around the building so you can join in the fun by buying tickets on your phones.
“To begin with there will be little if any ice level interaction with the players at home games. This means for now we will have to shelve the birthday photographs with players but we will be having something different in its place.
“Player and fans’ safety and protection, as ever, is paramount. It has been and continues to be a difficult time but we are confident of a positive return for the Panthers and for ice hockey at the arena with your help, patience and continued brilliant support.”