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January 22, 2021 Gatherings and Face Mask Order

By MDHHS , 01/23/21, 2:00PM EST

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You can read the full order by clicking the link below.  Portions of the order that affects Hockey are as follows - 

2.) General capacity limitations at gatherings

The limitations to gatherings in sections 2(a) and 2(b) do not apply to:

15. Gatherings for the purposes of indoor group fitness, exercise, or non-contact sports that comply with the restrictions set forth in sections 4(b) and 6(b) of this order; 

 

4.) Gathering restrictions for other facilities. In addition to the gathering limitations set forth elsewhere in this order, the following limitations apply to gatherings in the following facilities

 

b.  At exercise facilities

  1. Gatherings must not exceed 25% of the total occupancy limits established by the State Fire Marshal or a local fire marshal;
  2. There must be at least 6 feet of distance between each occupied workout station and physical layout of the space must be established such that exercisers can move between stations while maintaining 6 feet of distance from others at all times; and
  3. Gatherings for group fitness activities or classes are permitted, provided that all persons maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others at all times and wear a face mask at all times

 

e.  Gatherings at ice and roller rinks are permitted, provided that occupancy is limited to 4 persons per 1,000 square feet, including within the exercise space. Gatherings for the purpose of non-contact sports and open skating are permitted. Gatherings for the purpose of contact sports are prohibited except for activities permitted under section 6(a).

 

6.) Organized sports gathering restrictions.

 

a. Gatherings for the purpose of contact sports are prohibited unless all participants, teams, and venues comply with the enhanced testing regimen specified in the Testing and Additional Mitigation Measures for Athletic Practice and Play During Statewide Athletics ‘Pause’ section of MDHHS’s document entitled Interim Guidance for Athletics, or a school is participating in an MDHHS testing pilot program. Sports organizers complying with this section may host gatherings for the purpose of practice and competition notwithstanding the gathering prohibitions in section 2

 

b. Gatherings for the purpose of non-contact sports are permitted, provided that:

  1. Gatherings do not exceed 25% of the total occupancy limits established by the State Fire Marshal or a local fire marshal; and
  2. Participants maintain 6 feet of distance from each other at all times.
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7. Face mask requirement at gatherings.

a.  All persons participating in gatherings are required to wear a face mask.

f. Participants in gatherings for any exercise activities, group fitness, or organized sports must comply with face mask requirements listed in the Interim Guidance for Athletics.

 

1-22-2021 MAHA D4 Chairman Email update

MAHA was as surprised as anyone to hear about the Governor’s press conference this morning and the release of the MDHHS January 22, 2021 Gatherings and Face Mask Order (“Order”).   We are reviewing the Order to see what options we have.   Due to the declining number in the state, and the success of the MHSAA pilot testing program, we are surprised this is the direction the State is taking.   I know everyone is upset, as are we, but please be patient as we continue to address this.   MAHA has been advocating for a safe return to hockey through various channels since early summer.   We have spent countless hours and provided information including direct testimony to the government.   It is unfortunate that the government does not seem to see the harm they are doing to the kids and our game.   We have proposed many options that we feel that are far safer than what is currently being allowed.    Please stay tuned as we review the Order.

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Dan Pozdol

MAHA D4 Chair