EEA issues updates including capacity limits, locker room access and travel advisory language
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and EEA today announced that the state hasprogressed to Phase IV, Step 1 of the reopening process (see attached). Key updatesthatimpactthe youthhockey communityinclude:
•Removal of the spectator cap of 2 adults + siblings per participant:Indoorfacilities are limited only to 50% capacity. (Facilities choosing to enforceadditionalcapacitylimits maydosoat theirowndiscretion).
•Locker rooms and showers are permitted to open at 50% capacity.Facilityoperators will have to designate socially distanced areas in locker rooms and canchoose tokeeplockerrooms closed.
•The Travel Order has been changed to a Travel Advisory and restrictionson out-of-state teams playing at Massachusetts facilities are no longerincluded in EEA guidance.However, the Interstate Travel Ban for ice hockeythat Massachusetts is a part of IS STILL in effect until March 31, 2021. As such,the state continues to take the position that ice hockey teams from outside of Massachusetts CAN NOT enter the state for the purpose of competition until thehockey-specificInterstate TravelBanexpiresandis nolongerineffect.
We expect that additional adjustments to the guidance will be forthcoming over the nextfew weeks. As those decisions are made, we will continue to share updates with thecommunity.