The Malone Jr. Huskies Board Members held a special board meeting last night to discuss the ongoing COVID pandemic in our community. As the numbers of positive cases in our community continue to rise, we have seen the effects it has had on our association. We decided in early January to take a pause as an association as positive cases began to climb in our community after the holidays. We made this decision out of an abundance of caution and with the safety of our players, families, and community at the heart of the decision. Upon the association returning from the pause, we have had two teams that have went on pauses.
The board discussion last night was around how we continue to play hockey and provide a safe environment for our players and families that helps to reduce the risk of potential COVID exposures. The decision was made that beginning tomorrow, Saturday, January 23rd, all participants will be required to wear face coverings while on the ice. This includes hockey, figure skating, and public skating.
We would also like to remind players and families that time in the lockeroom should also be limited. Lockerooms should only be used to put on and remove skates, helmets, and gloves. Limiting time spent in the lockerooms can also help reduce the risk of any potential exposures. Please remember to continue to wear masks, socially distance in the facility and lockerooms, and practice good hand hygiene.
As we continue to manage through this pandemic while trying to provide our association and community an indoor venue for ice skating, these decisions are made with the best interest of all involved. We have appreciated the continued support as we navigate through this ever changing pandemic. Below are some potential frequently asked questions and answers that we believe will be helpful.
What masks are allowed to be used?
Approved face covering must cover both the nose and mouth, which can include disposable masks, neck gaiters, cloth mask, bandana, or a scarf.
For some, it may be difficult to wear a face covering under a helmet. Players may also wear a CCM Game On Mask (available for purchase in our pro shop) or the Bauer Concept 3 face shield and splash guard covering. These options are not as protective as face coverings listed above, but would meet the need for a full-face covering that goes below the chin and to the ears with no gaps while covering the nose and mouth.
If a player has a documented medical condition that prevents the wearing of a face covering, how is that handled?
Players or participants who obtain an official document from a medical professional indicating that the wearing of a face covering poses a health risk wouldn’t be required to wear a mask. Coaches should keep a copy of the document.
Is this a requirement for children of all ages?
Face covering will be required for all players and participants aged 6 and up.