New England, NJ governors suspend interstate hockey games


State House News Service
Published: 11/12/2020 1:32:03 PM

Gov. Charlie Baker teamed up with the governors of six other regional states Thursday to suspend interstate youth hockey competitions for public and private school teams through the end of the year in response to coronavirus outbreaks linked to the on-ice tournaments.

Baker announced the decision Thursday along with a coalition of Republican and Democratic governors from New Jersey, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Connecticut.

The governor said that the regional approach was necessary as COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the states, and contact tracing has led investigators to outbreaks stemming from interstate youth hockey activities.

The suspension of interstate competitions takes effect this Saturday, Nov. 14, and will run through at least Dec. 31. It will not impact interstate collegiate, professional, or U.S. National team hockey activities.

The governors said they would assess further restrictions on interstate sports activities as public health data “continues to evolve.”

Baker previously shut down ice skating rinks due to clusters of COVID-19 linked to youth hockey within Massachusetts, and began working with rinks and hockey officials on new rules to ensure masks are worn by attendees and participants at youth hockey games and that teams cooperate with contact tracing teams and make full rosters available.

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