Hockey is a team sport. This hockey season will not be like any other season, but we hope that by taking appropriate safety measures we will be able to complete the season. For this to happen, safety during this pandemic will have to be a team sport as well. As important as hockey is to all of us, the health and safety of our hockey family is most important.
The primary goal of the EYHA Safety Plan is safety and well being of players, coaches, and families during this COVID-19 pandemic. EYHA recognizes that there is inherently some risk for exposure to and transmission of infection anywhere, including during youth sports activities. This plan was devised in order to provide an environment that minimizes the risk of COVID transmission to the degree possible while allowing our children the opportunity to play hockey. We know that properly wearing masks and physical distancing reduce the spread of COVID-19. These practices are the basis for which changes from our usual routines are recommended. This policy will be evaluated and updated during the season when new medical information becomes available and when the incidence of COVID in the community changes.
The below information is a summary of rink use and safe play for 2020-2021 season.
Rink Use - Entry / Exit & Locker Rooms:
Incoming groups need to proceed directly to their designated locker room or dressing area as assigned by the rink staff. In addition to the designated lockers rooms, chairs will be located around the rink perimeter before and after practices and games for skate tying. Players and coaches are to remain distanced at least 6 ft apart.
Player and Coaches Responsibilities:
In addition to the EYHA Parent and Participant Guide, the following document outlines guidelines for EYHA 2020-2021 season for EYHA teams.
Any player, or family member, who has been exposed, on quarantine, awaiting test results, or has tested positive, must be reported to EYHA Safety Director, Mike Cada, for proper contact tracing & notification. These individuals should avoid all EYHA sanctioned activities until a plan of action has been determined.
If you, your player, or a member of your family is sick or has symptoms of an illness, you, your player, and family members should stay home regardless of what may be causing your illness.
Per CDC, “Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.”
“Close contact” is defined as being within 6 feet of someone with COVID for a total of 15 minutes or more in a 24 hour period irrespective of whether the person with COVID or the contact was wearing a mask or whether the contact was wearing respiratory personal protective equipment (PPE).
Any player, coach, or family member who has had “close contact” with an individual with known or suspected COVID infection should follow CDC guidelines about quarantine. Please visit:
Recently updated guidelines from the CDC require an individual who has had close contact with someone who had COVID-19 to stay home for 10 days after the last contact or after seven days with a negative test result. People should still watch for symptoms until 14-days after exposure.
Close exposure that occurs more than 2 days before symptoms started, or 2 days before a positive test for someone asymptomatic, does not require quarantine.
If no symptoms develop after 10 days of quarantine, the player, coach, or family member may return to normal activity.
Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 illness do not need to quarantine if re-exposed within 90 days of the initial diagnosis.
If a player or coach contracts COVID-19, they should isolate themselves. Please visit:
At least 10 days after onset of symptoms, AND
At least 24 hours with no fever without fever reducing medication, AND
Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.
NOTE: Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation
At least 10 days after their first positive COVID-19 test.
Players who develop Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) must have clearance from their pediatrician before returning to play.