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COVID-19 Information

WYHA COVID-19 POLICIES & PROCEDURES

UPDATED: January 12, 2022

For the 2021-22 season, WYHA will continue to follow any guidance issued by Minnesota Hockey. Currently, there are no restrictions in place related to participating in hockey activities or being a spectator at hockey events. In the event of a COVID-positive case or close contact on your team, it will be up to each individual family and team to determine the best course of action.

Recently, the CDC updated their guidance surrounding quarantines for testing positive for COVID and/or being in close contact with a COVID-positive individual and generally shortened the quarantine period. The new guidelines can be found here.

Generally, the new CDC guidelines state:

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IF YOU TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

  • Regardless of vaccination status:
    • Isolate away from others (even inside your home) for 5 days
    • If you have symptoms, end isolation after 5 full days only if you are fever-free for 24 hours and your symptoms are improving.
    • If you do not have symptoms, end isolation 5 full days after your positive test.
    • In both cases - whether or not you had symptoms, wear a mask for at least 10 days when around others

IF YOU ARE EXPOSED TO COVID-19

  • And are NOT vaccinated:
    • Quarantine for 5 days
    • Get tested at least 5 days after your exposure
    • Wear a mask for at least 10 days when around others
    • Watch closely for symptoms for at least 10 days
  • And are vaccinated:
    • You do not need to quarantine
    • Even if you don't develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after your exposure
    • Wear a mask for at least 10 days when around others
    • Watch closely for symptoms for at least 10 days
    • Isolate if you begin to experience symptoms

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For some general advice, here are some examples:

  • A player or coach tests positive for COVID-19

    • The player should be removed from play and follow appropriate quarantine guidelines - this now means, per the CDC, the player may return to play on Day 6 after testing positive (or the onset of symptoms) only if they have been fever-free for 24 hours and their symptoms are improving.

    • Team manager and/or coach should notify the team of the positive test.

    • Each individual family/player will have to determine if they think they might have been a close contact of the player, and follow the close contact quarantine guidelines accordingly.

    • All team members should monitor closely for COVID symptoms and consider other precautions (such as masking in the locker rooms or reduced arrival/departure times at team activities).

    • Note that vaccination status is often crucial in determining whether to quarantine or not.

  • A player or coach is told by the MDH, school, or other official source that they were a close contact to a COVID-positive case.

    • This depends on vaccination status. See guidelines above.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AS PLAYERS AND PARENTS

The Wayzata Youth Hockey Association (WYHA) is dedicated to maintaining the health and safety of all of our players, coaches, parents, and fans. It is your responsibility as a WYHA member and/or player to be respectful of your fellow players, coaches, and volunteers. Keep in mind that other players and/or family members may have higher risk related to COVID-19 and we must all do our part to ensure a safe, healthy, and fun 2021-22 youth hockey season. 

  1. When in doubt, sit out! Players should be held out of practices or games if they are sick or experiencing symptoms, if a sibling or family member is sick or experiencing symptoms, or if they know that they have had exposure to any individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.
  2. Social distancing. Coaches, players, parents, and spectators should practice social distancing whenever possible.
  3. Personal hygiene. Coaches, players, parents, and spectators should practice safe hygiene habits, including washing and/or sanitizing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, utilizing face coverings, and cleaning and sanitizing personal items and equipment frequently.