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 Pursuant to the 12-18-2020 order from the MDHHS order ice rinks may remain open for individual training and one on one instruction  

Associations and teams may purchase ice to conduct LIMITED on-ice activities.  There should be no games, no scrimmages, and no drills that have contact.   The on-ice focus should be limited to individual, one-on-one instruction to provide exercise, individual skills and non-contact activities for local program participants, within the Epidemic Order’s occupancy limitations (no spectators and 34 participants per ice surface).  

Games, scrimmages and tournaments will not be sanctioned in Michigan during this time period.  Any local associations or teams discovered to be engaging in unsanctioned activity during the pause, will be in violation of it's organization’s Affiliate Agreement and subject to disciplinary action. 

The MAHA also does not encourage, or recommend, out-of-state travel during this period.    If your team has made a prior commitment to travel that cannot be postponed, please review the applicable state's travel requirements.  You can find a full list here:  Chart: Each State’s COVID-19 Reopening and Reclosing Plans and Mask Requirements – The National Academy for State Health Policy

At this time no spectators are allowed in the rink facilities unless your player needs assistance with equipment (only one support parent may enter the building in this case)

Everyone must wear a facial covering when inside the facility


Please complete this health screening to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases PRIOR to entering the building.    Your participation is important to help us take precautionary measures to protect you and everyone visiting the facility.  

We recommend that you complete this form and take your temperature at home just prior to leaving for your team activity. 

In the event of a possible exposure, you will be notified via phone.


 Maha does not recommend travel  during this time but if a team has a prior tournament, etc. they have paid for and cannot cancel,   you can "proceed with caution and heightened awareness "  while adhering to all rules, mitigation, etc in the areas to which you are travelling.  Some states are requiring testing prior to coming, some require quarantine, etc.  The link below contains the requirements for travel to each state. 

Click for MAHA COVID19 Resources

Click for USA Hockey COVID19 Resources

KVHA Covid-19 Policies

To ensure the health and well-being of all ice hockey participants and spectators, and in cooperation with our rink facilities, KVHA will utilize these Return to Play Standards for the 2020-2021 Season..   This plan has been designed using recommendations of the MAHA, USA Hockey, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), & the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services.  Collectively, this provides the rink and our association members a path to safely operate while minimizing possible risks tied to COVID-19.

  • Teams skating on East Rink should use the East rink doors to enter and exit the building.   Locker room assignments will be placed by the entry doors 
  • Teams skating on South rink should use the South door to enter and exit the rink  
  • Hartland Pond guests should use the new East entrance .   Locker room assignments will be placed  on a board near the entrance.  
  • Please arrive no more than 30 minutes before your scheduled ice time
  • 2 locker rooms will be provided for each sheet of ice
  • Skaters may also use the open benches and chairs throughout the rink to dress
  • Players should come dressed or dress in the parking lot and put on skates, helmet, etc once in the building
  • Face covering should be worn at all times, including on the ice 
  • No spectators are allowed at this time
    • If a younger player needs assistance, only one adult may accompany them into the rink
  • Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet 
  • Keep the lobby clear - No congregating  - Do not leave bags
  • Each skater must bring their own pre-filled water bottle
  • No sharing of water bottles, equipment, towels, etc.


We trust that those entering the facility who have pre-existing conditions or are immunocompromised have seriously evaluated any and all potential risks posed by either entering the facility or deciding to play hockey at this time.   We will enforce rules to the best of our ability per MAHA and State mandates but cannot guarantee a 100% risk-free environment.

Effective 9/1/2020, the USA Hockey general liability policy contains a communicable disease exclusion, which will exclude coverage for claims alleging illness or injury due to exposure to communicable disease, viruses and specifically COVID-19.

Everyone participating in hockey and its related activities, at this time, should understand and assume all risk associated with direct or indirect contact with individuals who have been exposed to and/or diagnosed with one or more communicable diseases, including but not limited to COVID-19 or other medical conditions, diseases, or maladies, and/or any mutation or variation thereof does exist and it is impossible to eliminate the risk of possible infection due to contact with or close proximity to an individual with a communicable disease.  

Medical Considerations and Positive Cases

In following with the CDC and WHO Guidelines, we advise that only those with symptoms be tested for Covid19.   
KVHA will not require any testing for any purpose. 

Close contact to COVID-19 occurs when you are within six feet of someone who is showing symptoms of COVID-19, for at least 15 minutes, and the person later tests positive for the coronavirus. If either or both individuals were wearing face masks, the risk of transmission is very low. 

If a player, coach or one of their household members are awaiting results from a Covid-19 test, they should stay home and follow their health care provider's guidelines for quarantine.    Those testing negative may resume activities as long as they are not exhibiting symptoms of illness.

If you, your player or members of your household, are experiencing any symptoms of illness, please self-quarantine until you have been symptom free for at least 48 hours.  


If a player or coach tests positive for Covid19, please follow these guidelines:

  • All team activities should be suspended until the investigation can take place with the Livingston County Health Department (LCHD)
  • The Head coach or manager should construct a timeline relative to the date of the positive test including last practice, last game and upcoming events, plus identify any opponents, referees, trainers or other individuals who may have been exposed  
  • Head coach or manager should inform the families on the team immediately of the positive test result 
    • Keep all identities anonymous
    • All email communication to the team regarding the positive test result should be copied to the office
      • Send a basic email that team personnel or a player (all anonymous) tested positive and that you are working with the Health department to determine the next steps 
      • Send the KVHA Office a copy of your timeline and please identify any teams that shared ice with you for practice or games.  Office can assist you in notifying outside parties, if needed. 
  • Report the positive case and your timeline of events to the LCHD via phone or email and they will provide the team with further guidance.  It is not the Association's responsibility to advise on whether to quarantine, get tested, etc.  
  • Once the Health Department provides guidance, please communicate that to your team as well as to the KVHA Office
    • You may need to quarantine the entire team or just certain individuals - LCHD will advise
    • Communicate with any teams who shared ice surfaces with your team, as recommended by the LCHD 
    • KVHA will help you sell or trade your ice but unfortunately you will still be responsible for the ice if you dont sell or trade it
    • KVHA will notify the MAHA of the positive case, timeline and recommendations on the team's behalf 

If a parent tests positive with minimal exposure to the team, it is recommended that the parent follow their physician's or the testing agency's recommendations with regard to quarantine, treatment, follow -up, etc.     


The goal of the Health Department is to provide instructions on quarantine and treatment, while interviewing those testing positive to help them identify the people they were in contact with during their infectious period.  When they notify close contacts of their potential exposure they are interviewed to see if they have symptoms, offer testing, and arrange for care if they are ill.   They will also provide instructions on quarantine and/or testing if recommended.   

The Health department is the agency that has the ability to shut us down if our teams do not comply or report cases timely.  We are asking for your cooperation in both reporting, as well as follow up, to ensure that all of our teams can continue skating this season.    

The Health Department is not being unreasonable, they want to ensure that they are able to minimize the spread of the disease to keep vulnerable folks in our community safe as well as to keep our businesses, schools and rinks open.  Please do your part in cooperating with them.  

While we know that there are no activities that are risk free from viruses and germs, there are some key factors within our sport that contribute to safety. Consider:

  • Hockey players are covered in equipment head to toe (unlike most other sports).
  • Ice rinks have significant HVAC systems to regularly circulate fresh air into the facility.
  • USA Hockey provides a controlled environment with players having to register and those players rostered on a team.  It is known exactly who is on the ice; groups are together for the season; and there is no co-mingling.
  • Studies show players are within a six-foot radius of another player for less than three minutes per game. Players are on average on “immediate proximity” (actual contact with another player) for under two seconds per incident.
  • With the significant size of the playing surface and facilities, there are responsible ways forward to conduct the sport keeping social distancing and hygiene at the forefront.