New England governors extend suspension of interstate ice hockey competition

Thu, 12/31/2020 - 11:30am

    AUGUSTA — Maine Governor Janet Mills joined governors from around the region Wednesday to announce an extension of the suspension of interstate youth ice hockey competition, according to a news release. 

    New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Maine Governor Janet Mills, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, Vermont Governor Phil Scott, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced an extension of the suspension of interstate youth hockey competitions for public and private schools and youth hockey leagues through at least January 31.

    The prohibition will not impact interstate collegiate, professional, or U.S. national team hockey activities, which will remain subject to existing health and safety protocols and/or restrictions. 

    The states previously announced a regional suspension through at least December 31 due to coronavirus outbreaks associated with the conduct of interstate youth hockey activities.

    As public health data continues to evolve, the states will reassess the need for continued restrictions on interstate sports activities. 

    Maine’s COVID-19 Prevention Checklist for Community Sports already prohibits competition between sports teams from different states until further notice. The joint announcement is consistent with this policy.