HockeyFest going ahead, Rock the Park postponed again

LONDON, ONT. — HockeyFest – Game On! has announced it will hold in-person events, starting in London next month, while Rock the Park has been postponed for another year.

The street hockey festival saw record numbers take part during the 2020 fundraiser in London, despite the pandemic.

‘We’re rolling out a nine-city North American tour, and in the crazy times we’re in we thought what better place to start than in our hometown of London,” said Brad Jones, president of HockeyFest – Game On. 

Organizers say strict COVID-19 protocols will be in place for the events, the first of which will be held in London at the Westmount Shopping Centre from June 25 to 27.

HockeyFest is partnering PredictMedix Inc. and Juiceworks for ‘Safe Entry Stations’ to screen all players, staff and visitors.

Jones says they are very excited with the partnership.

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Press Release

Predictmedix Announces Technology Deployment at HockeyFest in Partnership with Jones Entertainment Group

Toronto, ON / May 17, 2021Predictmedix Inc. (CSE:PMED) (OTCQB:PMEDF) (“Predictmedix” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that Safe Entry Station units will be deployed at the North American tour of HockeyFest in partnership with Juiceworks Exhibits (JUICEWORKS) and Jones Entertainment Group. The deployments will begin with the first HockeyFest event, kicking off on June 25, in London, Ontario. HockeyFest is the world’s largest street and pond hockey festival with tournaments scheduled in 9 cities all over North America. The partnership marks the company’s second deployment in the live-event space, after the widely covered VIP Big Game events during the Super Bowl weekend in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Organized by long-time event managers, Jones Entertainment Group, HockeyFest is a highly anticipated event that brings together avid hockey enthusiasts from all over the nation to embrace and partake in the sport. Jones Entertainment Group has raised the bar to ensure that the safety of every participant, vendor, and visitor is of the highest calibre. Working closely with the Chief Medical Officer in the Middlesex-London health unit and Mayor Ed Holder, they have established a robust safety protocol to protect all involved.

The set-up includes a patented HockeyFest rink board system that is half the size of a standard NHL ice rink; staff will sanitize the surface before and after every game.  Additionally, every player, staff and visitor will be screened by a Safe Entry Station before each match to ensure safety standards are enforced for the community.

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Thermal scanner placed at Sherwood Park seniors home to detect COVID-19

EDMONTON — A new scanner could be coming to some Alberta seniors’ homes to help protect residents from people who might be carrying infectious diseases.

A thermal scanner has been placed at Aster Gardens in Sherwood Park, the first of its kind in Canada. It’s a piece of technology manufactured by Calgary-based Connectus, originally designed to help pro-sports teams screen personnel.

“It would allow us to do a much more thorough scan and recognize who might be asymptomatic, or may not know they are carrying the disease to be identified,” Karen Fitzgerald, general manager of Aster Gardens, said.

According to Fitzgerald, for every person who goes through the device it works out to be roughly $1.50 per person to operate.

“COVID-19 has hit the seniors the hardest,” she said.

“We have to be diligent and do everything we can to keep them safe.”

A resident of Aster Gardens, Eugenia Stocki moved into the facility on March 26 with her husband Forest. She said “it’s very good” to have the state of the art technology in the building.

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