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COVID Guidelines - OYHA


All participants should use the Minnesota Symptom
Each player, coach, staff member, referee, and others should check his/her temperature at home, and refrain from
participation if he or she has a fever (≥100.3 degrees F). All coaches, players, referees and others (i.e.
spectators) should be monitoring their symptoms at home to ensure that:
● He/she is not currently demonstrating or suffering from any ill symptoms.  Rule of Thumb: If sick for any reason stay home, get rest, and get healthy.  Thank you for spreading love and NOT germs!
● Any individual who is unable to confirm the above criteria should not participate and contact both their
school and healthcare provider.
● He/she has not had any close contact with a sick individual or anyone with a confirmed case of COVID-19
● He/she has not had a suspected or documented case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days


Owatonna Youth Hockey Association

Covid-19 Risk Mitigation Protocols

General guidelines

  • Use only the main, south facing entrance to enter the building.
  • Use only the double doors in the southwest corner of the East Rink to leave the building.
  • Everyone entering the building must wear a face covering at all times.
  • All Spectators must sign in when they enter the building.
  • No more than 2 spectators per player, with the exception of young children.
  • Physical distancing must be observed at all times in the Four Seasons and other facilities.
  • Have your players as dressed as possible before they come to the rink.
  • Please observe common hygiene protocols of hand washing and refrain from touching your face and face covering as much at possible
  • If you or your player are sick, please stay home.  Contact their coach.
  • If anyone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, please follow MDH (Minnesota Department of Health) guidelines for reporting and preventative spreading measures.  Let Dave Swenson (507-456-1427) know of the situation so we can monitor and inform those who need to know. 



  • All players are required to wear face coverings at all times, even when on the ice.
  • Coaches must wear face coverings at all times in the rink, including when they are on the ice.
  • Please drop off your player no more than 10 minutes prior to their assigned ice time.
  • No hockey bags allowed inside the rink.
  • Make sure your player knows to use the staging area in the to finish dressing for their ice session.
  • Please refrain from staying the building during practices as to limit the number of people in the building. 
  • Please instruct your player to leave the building as soon as possible after ice session ends.  Preferably within 10 minutes.
  • Coaches will no longer be able to use the coaches locker room.


  • Please follow the same protocols as above for players.
  • Locker rooms cannot be used.
  • Coaches are required to wear face coverings at all times inside rink and while on the bench during games.
  • No spectators at this time.


The more caution we take, the better chances we have of minimal interruptions to our respective seasons and fun.   By now, we all know the common sense measures we can all follow to keep our kids on the ice this season.  If we all do our part we can prevent interruptions for all of us. 

Screening and policies for employees and guests

Staff and guest are encouraged to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The following policies and procedures are being implemented to assess staff and guest’s health status prior to entering the Four Seasons Center Ice Arena and to report if they are sick or experiencing symptoms inside the ice arenas.

  • Staff and guests prior to coming in the ice arena are asked to complete a Self-Check Health Screening Checklist created by the MN Department of Health (See Appendix A). This checklist will be posted on the doors of the arenas. While you do not need to submit a copy of the checklist, if you answer yes to any of the questions, DO NOT enter the arena.
  • Staff and guests will be sent home at any sign or illness
  • If you have any sign of illness STAY HOME


Self-Check Health Screening Checklist includes:

  • Fever (100.4 or higher), or feeling feverish?
  • Chills?
  • A new cough?
  • Shortness of breath?
  • A new sore throat?
  • New muscle aches?
  • New headache?
  • New loss of smell or taste?


Basic infection prevention measures are being implemented at our arena at all ties. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water frequently throughout the day. We encourage staff, players, and guests to bring and use hand sanitizer before, during, and after being in the rink. Four Seasons Center will have hand sanitizers dispensers that can be used for hand hygiene. 

Respiratory etiquette

Staff and guests are asked to leave their masks on when coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching their face with their hands, Respiratory etiquette will be demonstrated on COVID -19 Best Practices for Ice Rinks posters which will be posted throughout the ice arena (see Appendix B).

  • Staff, guests, and coaches are required to wear face masks in the arena. The masks must cover the nose and mouth. Players can remove their face mask on the ice but encouraged to social distance as appropriate.  Coaches per District 9, you must wear a mask in the arena that includes on the ice, bench, etc.


Regular housekeeping practices are being implemented. This includes routine cleaning and disinfecting. Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will be conducted in high touch areas.

  • At this time drinking fountains and water fill stations will not be available for use. Please plan accordingly and bring your own water bottle or two!


The COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for the Four Seasons Center will be communicated to guests through email, postings throughout the arena, and available on the Owatonna Youth Hockey Association website. Any updates to the plan will be communicated to guest in a timely fashion. 

If you have any questions/concerns, contact Dave Swenson, OYHA President


Appendix A – MN Department of Health Visitor and Employee Health Screening Checklist

Appendix B – Minnesota Ice Arenas Managers Association COVID-19 Best Practices for Ice Rinks