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SJHA COVID POLICIES

SJHA COVID SAFETY PLAN

In early September, 2021 SJHA formed a COVID Task Force dedicated to creating transparent, consistent, and research-based COVID policies, procedures, and practices to protect the health and safety of our community. This Task Force is made up of devoted hockey parents in our community who are practicing health care professionals. The Task Force meets weekly to continuously research local, state, and national COVID policies, communicate with teams and families when positive cases come to SJHA, and work to foster an environment of education, respect, and community. It is an expectation that all SJHA players, coaches, and families follow the current SJHA policies for masking, social distancing, and quarantine procedures. For any and all COVID related questions, please reach out to covidconsultant@sjha.com - please do not write Hockey Director Marty Rubin with COVID questions. We will read all inquiries, but will not be able to respond to all questions.

In cooperation with the CDC, local governments, and state governments, Seattle Junior Hockey Association has created the following COVID SAFETY PLAN to ensure we provide the safest environment possible for our hockey community. The policies and procedures are essentially base-lines and can always been exceeded by teams. 

We pledge to work with other local associations to provide up-to-date policies for our buildings ahead of home games. 

The SJHA COVID SAFETY PLAN is a working document and will be updated as new information arises and restrictions are added or lifted.  For questions or more information pertaining to Seattle Junior Hockey Association with regard to our COVID policies or procedures please contact our COVID Task Force at covidconsultant@sjha.com

October 19th, 2021- Amendments made to the SJHA COVID Safety Plan include the following: 

-New guidance from the CDC moves the window for vaccinated people who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 to 5-7 days after exposure to get tested. This window will give the clearest picture of the person's viral load. 

-A ninth Best Practice was added to our list of Best Practices which reads as follows: Should a player, coach, or spectator from an opposite team appear to be out of compliance with the SJHA Safety Plan (e.g. not wearing masks in the building), it is not your responsibility to confront them nor is it the responsibility of on-ice officials or rink staff. We do not want conflicts between rink goers. If you feel comfortable, give them a kind and respectful reminder of the SJHA COVID Safety Plan or point them to the signs around the rink. If you do not feel comfortable, please take care of yourself or your team and inform Hockey Director, Marty Rubin, of the incident. SJHA will take care of compliance issues.

Masking Policy:

Effective Monday, August 23rd, the Washington State Department of Health reinstated the statewide indoor mask mandate. This means Seattle Junior community members ages 5 and older (players, coaches, parents, spectators, staff, and directors) are required to wear masks while in our facilities, regardless of vaccination status. All visiting teams (players, coaches, parents, spectators, staff, and directors) are subject to the same mandate. This mandate is a result of a sharp increase in COVID cases in Washington state and applies to all indoor spaces open to the public.

The following is an exception to the mask mandate, per the Department of Health guideline:

  • While actively playing or training for, coaching, or officiating indoor sports in a K-12, recreational, major junior hockey, part-time professional sports, collegiate, or professional sports setting. This exception does not apply while the athlete, coach, or official is not actively engaged in the sporting, coaching, or officiating activity or to indoor gyms and other fitness facilities, such as dance, yoga, and martial arts activities

To be specific, we understand the phrase “actively playing or training for, coaching, or officiating indoor sports” to only include on-ice activity. Therefore, masks must be worn at all times in the follow high risk exposure areas:

  • Locker rooms
  • Locker room hallways
  • Restrooms
  • Ice level rink entrances (waiting for the Zamboni)
  • Weight room
  • Ballet room
  • Classroom
  • Lobby
  • Pro shop