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Minnesota Hockey Phase 3 to Start September 1

By Minnesota Hockey, 08/24/20, 9:30PM CDT


Minnesota Hockey today announced it will move to Phase 3 of its Return to Play Guidelines beginning Tuesday, September 1. Phase 3 is intended to provide guidelines for Minnesota Hockey’s community-based associations as programs enter the regular season.

The guidelines are not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Local rinks and associations must follow the guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and its Sport Guidance for Youth and Adults, as well as local government officials in determining when, and how, it is appropriate to return to the rinks, including requirements or guidelines for physical distancing, size of gatherings or number of people permitted in a facility, or wearing masks, etc.

Below is a summary of the major updates for Phase 3. To view the full document, click here. All updates to the document are in red font.

  • Each association and team must have a designated contact who is responsible for concerns and communications related to COVID-19.
  • Masks are now required inside arenas, per Governor Walz’s Executive Order, for players, coaches and spectators, with the exception of players on the ice for team activities.
  • A maximum of two spectators per player should be allowed for games. If facility policies are stricter, teams must adhere to the facility policy.
  • Inter-state travel and competition in Minnesota must be approved by the appropriate District Director.

Remember we can contribute to helping eliminate COVID-19 by doing these four things:

  • Physical Distance
  • Wash Hands and Practice Safe Hygiene Habits
  • Clean Surfaces and Equipment Between Uses
  • Staying Home When Sick or Experiencing Any Symptoms

The knowledge and circumstances around COVID-19 are changing constantly and, as such, Minnesota Hockey encourages all affiliates to stay up-to-date on state and local government guidelines and recommendations from the CDC. Minnesota Hockey will also continue to provide updates and adjust these guidelines as more information develops.

Stay safe and see you at the rink!

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