HYHA COVID-19 Safety and Preparedness Plan

A number of policies will be implemented for the 2020/2021 Hopkins Youth Hockey season for the health and safety of our players, coaches, refs, parents and arena staff. The goal of this plan is to continue to provide quality hockey experience for your player and for families, coaches, and staff while trying to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19. This plan includes best practices, procedures, requirements, and guidelines as outlined by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Minnesota Hockey and USA Hockey. 

 We know how much our community loves hockey. We love it too, and we want our kids to be able to play as much as is possible and safe this season. In order to achieve that goal, we need to work together, and to make some changes to how we operate and participate. This will require all of us to make an effort, but it will be worth it if we can keep our kids, coaches, staff, and families healthy – which lets us keep the kids on the ice.

With your cooperation, we can ensure that these safety measures are being followed for the betterment of everyone’s health and the continued operation of Hopkins Youth Hockey.


General HYHA COVID-19 Policies


 Arena entry and flow

  • Players, Coaches and spectators should enter the Hopkins Pavilion and any other arena for HYHA activities no earlier than 10 minutes before their scheduled ice time.
  • Follow the clear entrance/exit plans for the Pavilion. No loitering in common areas before or after ice times. Please follow the proper drop-off and pickup procedures.
  • We are encouraging limited bathroom use within arenas, so players, coaches, and spectators should go to the bathroom before entering arena.
  • Players/Coaches/Parents must exit the arena 10 minutes after the end of ice time.
  • No handshake line following the completion of a game. Teams can honor each other with a stick salute.

Face coverings (masks or shields): 

  • HYHA is following Gov. Walz’s statewide executive order regarding face coverings.
  • For spectators and staff: Masks are mandatory for all staff, volunteers, spectators, and family members the entire time they are inside the building.   
  • For athletes: Neither the CDC nor WHO recommends masks during high intensity aerobic activity, and Gov. Walz’s executive order allows for temporary mask removal during high levels of athletic exertion. Athletes can remove their masks while they are on the ice. 
  • For coaches: Coaches should wear a mask when on the bench and should wear masks on the ice during practice. Coaches can temporarily remove masks on the ice when their level of exertion warrants it.  
  • For refs: Referees are required to wear a face covering while in the arena, but not while skating on the ice.
  • Masks that incorporate a valve designed to facilitate easy exhaling, mesh masks, or masks with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or material, or vents are not allowed.

Locker rooms and gear:

  • For both games and practices, players should come mostly dressed, (all gear on except for helmets, gloves and skates). Exceptions could be made for goalies, but they should still dress as much as possible at home.
  • Hockey bags are not allowed.  Please only bring a small bag that holds your helmet, gloves, and skates.
  • Players should bring their own water bottle, clearly marked with their name, which has been filled up at home. No sharing of water bottles is allowed under any circumstances.
  • Locker rooms are equipped with negative pressure ventilation. Benches will be marked to facilitate social distancing. 
  • Locker rooms will be cleaned between uses. Players and Coaches are responsible for making sure locker room or designated changing area is picked up and nothing is left behind.

Spectators for practices:

  • Mites: Only one parent/spectator allowed in the arena per player. No siblings allowed (exceptions can be made for difficulties arranging alternate childcare). Any spectator showing any sign of illness (see below) should not enter the arena under any circumstances.
  • Squirts and 10U and above: Players should be dropped off for practice.


Spectators for games:

  • Multiple family members are allowed in the arena to watch games, providing all family members follow the policies outlined in this document.
  • Any spectator showing any sign of illness (see below) should not enter the arena under any circumstances.
  • All spectators must wear masks for the duration of their time in the arena.
  • Spectator families should social distance (6 feet or more) from other spectators.



  • Players/families should ensure HYHA has a current cell phone and email for potential contact tracing.
  • If any player or coach, or a household member of a player or coach, tests positive for COVID-19, all families that have been in close contact at hockey with that person will be contacted and notified. If you are contacted, we strongly encourage you to get a COVID-19 test.

 Stay Home / Illness Policies

 We know how difficult it is for players, families, and coaches to miss even a single practice or game. But in order for us to be able to play this season, we need full participation in and adherence to illness guidelines below – no exceptions.  There will be NO penalty for missing games or practice due to illness, suspected illness or quarantine. 

Players, families, spectators, and coaches must stay home if any of the following apply:

  • They or someone in their household has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • They or someone in their household is showing potential COVID-19 symptoms.
  • They or someone in their household has recently had close contact with a person with COVID19.


 If any player or spectator is observed to have potential COVID-19 symptoms, they will be asked to leave immediately.

Players, coaches, and spectators who have had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case should not enter the arena until they have met the most current CDC guidelines to return to the Arena.


Please stay at home if you are ill, do not feel well, or have been

Exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.


 If you have questions, please email Matt Lichty at mattlichty@yahoo.com.