MASK MANDATES DURING HOCKEY PROGRAMS
To Knights families and players:
We thought it would be important to clarify arena protocols in light of recent changes in masking mandates by the Province and the City of Toronto. There have been no changes to the GTHL’s Game Plan 2.0 regarding the mandates for wearing masks which, as a member club, the NYKHA must follow.
Masking remains mandatory for dressing rooms and coaches are still required to wear them during games while in the arena and on the bench. Timekeepers and rink attendants are still required to wear masks when performing their job duties. Referees will still be required to wear masks in the their dressing room.
The only change that has been made to the GTHL Plan 2.0. is the Toronto Public Health Screening Tool which has been updated in the Game Plan 2.0.
The GTHL is now following the updated Toronto Public Health close contact/isolation protocols. In the latest update, if someone is notified as a close contact of a positive case, regardless of age or vaccination status, if no symptoms, they do not need to self-isolate. They should:
– Monitor for symptoms for 10 days and self-isolate immediately if symptoms develop
– Wear a mask in public places, including while exercising (which includes playing hockey), and not visit people or settings at higher risk for 10 days from last exposure
– If exempt from masking (e.g. under the age of 2 yrs.) may return to public settings without masking
If a team or player is notified as a close contact, they should be following the above Toronto Public Health guidelines; this includes wearing a mask while playing within the 10 day period if notified as a close contact.