The new public health decree prohibits indoor rinks and ice skating facilities from operating from October 23, 2020 to November 7, 2020. College and professional programs are exempt from this decree.
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“This break will allow the development of stronger COVID-19 protocols to further protect players, families, coaches, arena staff and other participants, as well as the communities surrounding the hockey rinks,” said the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Last week, New Hampshire announced a similar two-week hiatus after more than 150 cases of the coronavirus were linked to hockey.