COVID-19 Protocols at Facilities

Please read and familiarize yourself with the UPDATED COVID-19 facility protocols for attending an NYHL hockey game as of February 3rd.

Arrive at the facility at the designated time for the hockey-related activity. Do not arrive early. You cannot enter your dressing room until 30 minutes prior to the designated start time. There is no reason to arrive at the facility earlier than 30 minutes before the designated start time.

For those 12 years of age and older, proof of vaccination is a requirement and only QR codes will be accepted to enter any facility. Medical exemptions must be included in the QR code.

For those who turn 12 in 2022, the Government of Ontario’s Proof of Vaccination Policy requires all persons 12 years and 12 weeks (84 days) of age and over to be fully vaccinated to enter certain settings, including indoor areas of facilities for sports or recreational fitness.

  • This requirement will affect any unvaccinated player born in 2010. For example, a player whose 12th. birthday occurred on January 2, 2022 will have until March 27, 2022 to become fully vaccinated and submit evidence thereof to their Organization.

Patrons are required to sign the contact tracing form at the entrance of arenas where applicable. 

Indoor capacity for facilities is 50 per cent of the building’s seating capacity.

Overall capacity for a facility is also 50 per cent.

You can find arena specific facility protocols here.

Parents, guardians and other spectators are strongly requested to avoid the dressing room areas of facilities at all times, unless it is necessary to attend to an injured or unwell player when a parent or guardian is required to be in attendance.  The league allows one parent per player in the dressing room to assist with equipment but they are to leave the dressing room area immediately after. Players are encouraged to come to the rink dressed in their equipment to avoid dressing room congestion due to lower capacity limits.

Physical distancing of two (2) meters (six feet) will be maintained before, during, and after hockey-related activities.

Leave the facility immediately following the hockey-related activity. Do not stay beyond the designated time.

Face masks are required in all indoor public spaces and must be worn at ALL times, except while performing physical activity.

  • Exceptions include:
    • Children under the age of 2
    • A person who has a medical condition that inhibits their ability to wear a face mask
    • A person who is unable to put on or remove their face mask without the assistance of another person
    • A person who is receiving accommodations according to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 or the Ontario Human Rights Code (ORHC).

ALL Team officials MUST wear a mask on the bench as well as the players in the dressing rooms.

For more information please consult, the Game Plan.

The Game Plan is a framework and critical path for us to return to the ice. Ensuring that our hockey programs can commence and continue will depend upon several factors. The most important factor will be our collective compliance with the health and safety guidelines detailed in this plan. The safety of everyone depends upon strict adherence to those guidelines. Non-compliance also jeopardizes the league’s ice permits.

Thank you to everyone for their continued cooperation and we look forward to the rest of the season!