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COVID-19

COVID-19 SAFETY PROCEDURES

The safety of your players and families is our number one priority. We have put together the following guidelines and protocols for all IYHA sanctioned events until further notice.  These items are non-negotiable for the safety of your family and to allow us to comply with state and local regulations in order to have the rinks open and players on the ice. The following guidelines will be in place until further notice.

Below you will find our most up to date COVID safety protocols for all practices and home games. It is IMPERATIVE that we stay on top of this and enforce all rules without exception. Breaking these rules will be the quickest way to a season disruption. We need everybody on board regardless of your personal feelings on safety precautions. This is not a political issue for us. This is a government regulation and rink issue. If the rinks get shut down, we don’t play hockey, period. We need to do our part for the safety of our families and the ability to keep the kids on the ice exercising, socializing and competing. 

PROTOCOLS

Those with COVID symptoms including the following should NOT enter the rink or team event under any circumstances. This is the most important consideration that will keep our teams on the ice. Almost every case of team quarantine throughout the ‘20-’21 season began with a player coming to the rink after knowingly ignoring symptoms. If it is determined that a player was sent to practice or a game knowing that they’re symptomatic, supplemental suspension may be warranted for the player. 

 

SYMPTOMS

  1. Sore throat

  2. Cough

  3. Chills

  4. Body aches

  5. Shortness of breath

  6. Loss of smell or taste

  7. Fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit

 

Masks and Arena Capacity

  1. The IYHA Jr Fuel will adhere to the arena and local health department policies. There are currently no mask mandates or capacity restrictions at any of our home rinks. 

  2. Families are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19

 

Practice Guidelines:

  1. Enter the rink NO MORE than 15 minutes before your scheduled practice. Players will not be allowed in their locker room more than 15 minutes before practice. 

    1. Close contact is defined by the CDC as 15 minutes or more within 6 feet of a positive case. The only opportunity during a practice for close contact and required quarantine is in the locker room. 

  2. There will be no team water bottles again this year. Please make sure your player brings his/her own clearly labeled water bottle.

 

Game Guidelines: 

  1. Players may arrive at the arena as early as their coach requires, but they will not be allowed to spend more than 15 minutes in the locker room before the game. 

  2. When playing on the road, Jr Fuel teams and parents will follow the protocols set forth by the host team and arena. NO EXCEPTIONS.
     

POSITIVE CASES

 

If a player tests positive for COVID-19, he or she may resume team activities after ALL of the following...

  1. 10 days since the symptoms first appeared

  2. 24 continuous hours with no fever (without the use of fever reducing medication)

  3. Other symptoms are gone or improving (excluding loss of taste and smell)


 

EXPOSURE

 

If you have been in close contact (15 minutes or more within 6 feet) with a positive COVID case... 

  1. And you are unvaccinated:

  • Return to team activities after 10 days (without testing)

  • Return to team activities after 7 days if a negative test result is received on day 5 or later.

  1. And you are vaccinated:

    • Players may continue team activities and closely monitor for the development of symptoms. If symptoms appear, you should begin quarantine procedures, get tested immediately and report back to your team.

    • Exposed, vaccinated people are encouraged to get tested 3-5 days after exposure

  2. And you’ve recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days:

    • Players may continue team activities if they remain symptom free.