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Covid-19 Hockey Resource Center

Last page update:  11/08/2021

We at Minnesota Hockey would like to welcome all of our players to the 2021-22 season. With a new season comes new challenges, as well as challenges we faced last year. As much as we hoped that COVID-19 would be a thing of the past at this point, it is still very much with us.

COVID-19 and its variants remain prevalent throughout the world, and it is important that everyone involved in youth and adult hockey in our state do everything we can to make the game as safe as possible. With the Minnesota Hockey season officially open, we strongly encourage all eligible coaches, players, officials and spectators to follow the recommendations of USA Hockey medical advisors to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

We understand this decision is a personal choice, however as more of our participants get vaccinated, we can ensure a much safer season, and hopefully avoid any further restrictions or mandates. The following educational materials will help you make an informed decision:

For those who are not vaccinated, the wearing of masks is recommended, especially in off-ice areas where social distancing cannot be maintained.

While there is no statewide mandate for masks to be worn inside hockey arenas, all participants and spectators should abide by any protocols and requirements implemented by local arenas.

At this time, and while subject to change, Minnesota Hockey will not be imposing any requirements for its members. We do encourage everyone to be aware of the Minnesota Department of Health’s recommendations for organized sports and guidance on quarantines.

We hope that everyone takes the necessary and responsible steps toward keeping players, coaches and volunteers healthy and safe for the duration of the 2021-22 season.

We are so excited to welcome back our players to the rink!

Thank you!

Minnesota Hockey

D10 COVID Policy 10/17/2021

D10 is adopting the MNH Policy on Covid 19, dated September 10, 2021.  (on left side of this page)

Also the above link from the State of MN Organized Sports Recommendations dated September 17, 2021, for the associations.  

Your teams and parents will need to follow any rules/policies at any arena they are at, when it comes to face mask or other requirements.


Minnesota Hockey To Retire COVID-19 Rules May 28

By Minnesota Hockey, 05/12/21, 11:30AM CDT

Minnesota Hockey announced today it will retire its COVID-19 Rules and Guidelines document on May 28, in conjunction with the State of Minnesota removing restrictions on occupancy and social distancing.

Associations must still follow any mandates by the State of Minnesota, including the requirement of a mask at all times while indoors until July 1 or the state announces its removal in accordance with vaccination goals, and any requirements implemented by local government and health authorities.

In accordance with the State of Minnesota lifting its mandate, masks are no longer required for Minnesota Hockey sanctioned events, effective immediately. Face masks are still recommended for people who are not vaccinated, per the latest guidance by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

The COVID-19 guidelines will remain available for reference for a period of time as many components of the document are still considered best practices.

Minnesota Hockey would like to once again thank all the players, parents, coaches, officials and volunteers who made extraordinary sacrifices to adhere to safety measures and limit the spread of COVID-19 over the past 15 months. We look forward to a far more normal offseason and 2021-22 season.


In an effort to maintain the health and safety of the players, families, spectators, coaches, staff, and officials participating in events hosted by The Elk River Youth Hockey Association (ERYHA), the following best practices have been adopted with the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), USA Hockey, Minnesota Hockey,  District 10 and our various arena partners. Compliance with these guidelines is required by all to help mitigate the transmission of COVID-19.

These changes from our normal routines will help us keep our communities healthy and our kids playing the game they love.

Minnesota Hockey FAQ on Mask Mandate

Review this link from MN Hockey for Mask Mandate questions.

We need your help to communicate.

You must contact your team manager, coach, ERYHA President or the ERYHA COVID-19 Representative immediately for a confirmed COVID-19 result or close contact quarantine.   Managers and coaches you must notify ERYHA Covid-19 Rep or ERYHA President.  We will get in contact with the proper people to answer your questions and address your concerns.  Nobody wants to see teams and / or coaches fined, missing any post season and/or being suspended. 

Covid Updates for 2021-2022

At this time there is no new information to report.  MN Hockey Covid group is discussing and thinking of Covid.  Remember this is a fluid situation that can change quickly and IF that happens ERYHA will be required to follow any changes put forth.  We will communicate immediately to our members if any changes.

District 10 Face Mask Penalties and Fines

District 10 Face Mask Penalties and Fines

Managing Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

MDH, MN Hockey and D10,  have a few guidelines we highlight below for reporting COVID-19:


  1. Inform your team and/or association COVID-19 contact of a player or coach testing positive, someone in their household testing positive or have been exposed to someone confirmed to have COVID-19.
  2. Players or coaches who test positive must stay home for a minimum of 10 days since symptoms first appeared and until there is no fever for at least 24 hours without medication AND improvement of other symptoms.


  1. Team manager or coach will help coordinate with ERYHA Covid-19 Rep. John Finch  regarding positive cases and close contacts.
  2. Don't go it alone.  ERYHA has requirements we must follow and can contact the right people to get you the right answers.


  1. ERYHA COVID-19 Rep. is responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns and will help coordinate with MDH regarding positive COVID-19 cases.
  2. Upon learning of an association member testing positive for COVID-19, ERYHA COVID-19 Rep. notifies MDH of confirmed COVID-19 cases among players, coaches and family members (as required by Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4605.7050).
  3. ERYHA COVID-19 Rep. consults with MDH on the next steps.  We communicate to any players, coaches, managers who had close contact with that player notifying them of a positive case.   MDH has form letters that ERYHA COVID-19 Rep. fills out date data and next steps if any.
  4. All positive cases are logged and tracked per MDH and District 10 is notified of a case on the team.

ERYHA maintains the confidentiality of anyone with a positive test in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).



District 10 COVID-19 Policy

D10 Hockey will update the COVID-19 information on their website as needed.

MDH Quarantine Guidelines

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) close contact and quarantine information.

Masks | ERYHA Volunteers

ERYHA has reviewed our volunteer opportunities and we cannot make reasonable accommodations for volunteers not wearing a mask.  It would  present a direct threat to the health or safety of others—including volunteers and other associations or visitors which we are not allowed to do according to the MN Department of Labor and Industry.  The only accommodation we can offer those who cannot wear a face covering is the volunteer buyout option.  Also the arena has informed us all visitors must wear a mask to enter the building.  We have looked into this also and according to the MN Department of Health, a business is not required to allow entry to a customer or visitor that is not wearing a mask.  The arena feels they cannot properly protect their workers or other visitors.  The arena has stated if their mask policy is not followed, they will remove all spectators from the arena for the season.

ERYHA Covid Restrictions

Attn: ERYHA Families

Anyone with a known exposure of a COVID-19 positive person must self quarantine 14 days from the date of exposure (per MN Dept of Health guideline for student and youth programs).  You must contact your team manager, coach, ERYHA President or the ERYHA COVID-19 Representative immediately for a confirmed COVID-19 result or close contact quarantine.

Close Contact Exposure = Hockey & all activities Quarantine:

Contact tracing applies 48 hrs prior to a test OR the start of 

This guideline is subject to change.  We thank you for the understanding as we all navigate hockey at this time.  We are doing are best to follow Federal, State and Affiliate recommendations that will offer the best plan for our membership and allow us to hold a season of hockey during a worldwide pandemic.  

We are grateful to have a season of hockey in 2020-2021!

Keep your hockey teammates safe & stay home if you have any symptoms!

Local Guidelines

Affiliate Guidelines

For more information please contact:

John Finch

John Finch

ERYHA Covid Representative