Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has issued an amended order that effective June 12, 2020 the Northern Virginia Region and the City of Richmond shall enter Phase 2 of Reopening. https://www.governor.virginia.gov/executive-actions/ Governor Northam had previously issued an order allowing other areas of Virginia to enter Phase 2 of Reopening effective June 5, 2020. Under these Orders we may begin to see ice rinks reopening to the hockey and figure skating communities for limited ice sessions. Decisions on reopening will be made on an individual basis by our Virginia ice skating facilities. General public admission to ice rinks (ie public skating) is not yet allowed. Ice Rinks in Maryland remain closed as of this date.
For Virginia ice rinks and local associations there are specific Guidelines and Requirements that must be followed as they seek to reopen for skating activities. Some of those Guidelines and Restrictions for Recreational Sports activities include:
Other Guidelines included in the Virginia Phase 2 Guidelines for all Business Sectors that will apply are set out at: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/governor-of-virginia/pdf/Virginia-Forward-Phase-Two-Guidelines.pdf
Facemasks will be required of participants, coaches and any parents when not on the ice. Also, participants in any hockey activity should wash their hands regularly and not share any water bottles. It is likely that ice rinks will limit locker room use and require participants to leave the facility once their ice time has finished.
The information provided by PVAHA in this announcement is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The knowledge and circumstances around COVID-19 are changing constantly, and area ice rinks, associations, parents and participants are encouraged to follow up with their local Public Health Department or their physician for specific questions regarding return to any hockey activities.
CDC Guidelines on Considerations for Youth Sports May 20, 2020
Returning to the Rinks – USA Hockey, US Figure Skating & US Rinks May 4, 2020
USA Hockey Roundtable video on Returning to Hockey May 22, 2020
Early Return to the Rinks Practice Plans & Activities
USA Hockey Facemask Guidelines