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3-13-20: MH Updates Regarding State Tournaments

By Minnesota Hockey, 03/13/20, 8:00AM CDT


With the growing concern associated with the spread of the coronavirus (COVID19), Minnesota Hockey has actively been working with the Minnesota Department of Health. As of 8:00 am on Friday, March 13, the Department of Health has not recommended that any event of the scope of our state tournaments be cancelled. We will be continuing to work with the Department of Health, and are prepared to make changes at any time if needed. As of now, Minnesota Hockey State Tournament games will go on as scheduled, but this could change at any moment from now through the end of the weekend.

In addition to recommendations that have already been set forth, Minnesota Hockey is making the following requirements for tournament play:

  • Spectators may only include immediate family members (parents and siblings)
  • Spectators must not be in close proximity to each other
  • Teams and spectators must leave the arena immediately following their scheduled game in order to reduce crowd size

Minnesota Hockey values the safety of our members above all else, and we also ask that everyone respect the recommendations to our players and participants that were provided earlier this week, including:

  • All arenas should make the necessary adjustments to provide enough sanitizing products, and safe food-handling procedures at concession stands
  • Players should limit time spent in locker rooms, and should arrive at arenas in as much hockey gear as possible
  • It is recommended that any player or spectator who has concerns about participation in these events stay home and take every possible step to be safe in these uncertain times
  • Handshake lines before or after games should include fist bumps with gloves on. Coaches are also encouraged to refrain from shaking hands with other coaches and officials, and instead offer verbal congratulations and words of encouragement.
  • Practice frequent and meticulous hand-washing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and/or sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Quarantine anyone who is sick (players, coaches, parents, roommates)
  • Ensure safe food sources; thoroughly cook meat and eggs
  • Use individual water bottles; do not share them
  • Towels should not be shared in any way

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