Below are guidelines of prevention strategies to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 as outlined by the Minnesota Department of Health, CDC, and governing bodies. This page will be updated as new guidelines are announced and/or changed.
AHA Hockey expects its participants to follow the guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and its Guidance for Social Distancing, 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.
The information in this Preparedness Plan is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The knowledge and circumstances around COVID-19 are changing constantly and, as such, AHA Hockey makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of this information.
AHA Hockey has worked closely with each of the facilities where activities will be held. All facilities have committed to creating a safe environment for participants including precautions for entering and exiting the facility and sanitizing common areas frequently.
- A self-check should be performed by each participant prior to participation in AHA activities. This self-check should consider:
- Recent contact with infected person(s)
- Recent travel out of Minnesota
- Symptoms of Illness
- Anyone with symptoms of illness, have family members in their household with symptoms of illness, or have come in close contact with infected person(s) should stay home and follow CDC and Health Department rules and guidelines for self-quarantine.
- Practice social distancing at all times; maintain distance from all non-participants, including referees, scorekeepers, and arena employees. As much as possible, players should spread out on player benches.
- Wash hands and practice safe hygiene habits.
- Do not spit on player benches or on the ice.
- Avoid traditional handshakes following the game. Teams should stand on opposing blue lines and perform a “stick tap” towards each other.
The following arena guidelines are in effect for Phase 5 of the Minnesota Hockey Return to Play rules and guidelines, which go into effect January 14.
- Players must not enter the arena until 10 minutes before the scheduled ice time, and everyone must exit within 10 minutes of the end of the ice time. Goalies may arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled ice time.
- Masks are required inside all arenas at all times. MN Hockey Mask FAQ
- All players must come fully dressed, except helmets, skates and gloves. Goalies must come half dressed.
- Effective February 15, players may bring bags into the facility, except at SLP.
- Locker rooms may or may not be used, depending on the facility.
- Showers are not available and must not be used at any facility.
- Bring your own marked water bottle and do not share with others. Drinking fountains may not be available at facilities.
- Arenas will do their best to sanitize common areas; do your part to help them out by not leaving trash behind.
- Players that violate local facility guidelines and/or the AHA Preparedness Plan may be subject to disciplinary measures up to and including expulsion from programs.
If you or a player you know has tested positive for COVID-19 after participating in a recent AHA Hockey event, please notify us as soon as possible. Your cooperation allows us to properly notify affected parties of their potential exposure.
COVID-19 Notification Form
Spectators at AHA events must fill out the Game Spectator Sign-In form at the link below.
AHA Game Spectator Sign-In Form
MN Department of Health COVID-19 Self-Check
MN Department of Health COVID-19 Sports Guidance
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus Resource Page
Minnesota Hockey COVID-19 News & Resources
If you have any questions about the AHA Hockey COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, please contact our Plan Administrator via email at: email@example.com