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COVID-19 Information

Welcome Back!

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After our long hockey "pause" (since March!!!), the ice is back and we are ready to play!

Unfortunately, with the pandemic, comes some new rules and regulations we will have to adjust to.

PLEASE read carefully through the information below. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the individuals listed for more information or clarification.

Make sure to complete the COVID-19 Contact Tracing Form prior to EVERY visit to the arena.

Keep in mind that this is a new and trying time for all of us, and the arena staff asks for your patience and help to make this the best season possible. Thank you!

It's great to be back!!!

NNMHA COVID Guidelines/Safety Plan for Games

General Rules:

  • Masks are mandatory for EVERYONE at ALL times inside the facility. This includes on and off the ice (no exceptions).
  • Masks must be worn properly - covering nose and mouth.
  • Anyone not wearing a mask or not wearing their mask properly will be asked to leave the arena.
  • Everyone entering the facility needs to fill out a health screening. Click here for the online form that can be filled out prior to arriving at the arena. Paper copies of the form will be available at the arena.
  • Everyone entering the facility needs to get a temperature check. If you fail the temperature check you will not be allowed into the facility.
  • Everyone entering the facility needs to write their name, phone number, and county they reside in on the contact tracing form.
  • Social distancing needs to be practiced inside the facility for everyone who does not live in the same household.
  • If you are not feeling well - do NOT come to the arena to play. Stay home!
  • If you meet any of the following criteria - you should not be coming to the arena:
    • Directed to quarantine, isolate, or self-monitor at home for the coronavirus by any doctor, hospital, school, or health agency within the last 2 weeks.
    • Diagnosed with or have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 2 weeks.
    • Traveled to another state on NY's travel advisory watchlist within the last 2 weeks.
    • Reside or have close contact with anyone who has traveled to a State on the advisory watchlist within the last 2 weeks.
    • Have any COVID-19 symptoms (see list below):
      • Fever or chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea
      • Temperature greater than 100 degrees F.
  • NO spectators will be allowed for games/scrimmages.
  • Only players and coaches registered with USA Hockey for the teams that are playing are allowed in the arena and on the bench for games/scrimmages.
  • There will be a 30 minute gap between games/scrimmages to allow arena staff to safely sanitize the facility.


  • There will be 2 designated entrances to be used by opposing teams.
  • One team will enter through the main doors into the lobby. The other team will enter through the double doors by the Zamboni room.
  • Players should come fully dressed, except for: helmet, skates, and gloves. They will also need to leave the arena fully dressed, except for: helmet, skates, and gloves. Goalies are the only ones that have exception to this rule. they should come dressed in as much equipment as is feasible.
  • Players are allowed into the arena 10 minutes prior to their designated game time.

Dressing Areas:

  • There are dedicated areas at each entrance with numbered seats spaced 6' apart. Skaters will sit on one of these seats to put on the rest of their equipment (helmet, skates, and gloves). Goalies will be able to put on the rest of their equipment (pads, chest protector, skates, helmet, glove, blocker, etc) at this point.
  • All players must stay in their seat until told by the coach to get on the ice. Each team will enter the ice at different doors.
  • After the game - please have kids sit in the same seat they got dressed in. The same seat will be used to take off skates, hemet, and gloves before leaving the arena.


  • Referees MUST wear a mask at all times inside the arena.
  • Referees can enter the main entrance of the arena and proceed through the lobby to the ref's room to get dressed. Only 2 people are allowed in the ref's room at any time. Masks must be worn in the ref's room.
  • Referees are required to do the health screening, get their temperature checked when entering the lobby, and sign the contact tracing form.
  • Whistles for the mouth will NOT be allowed. Refs must use an electronic whistle for the games.

On Ice:

  • Everyone is responsible for their own hydration. Absolutely NO sharing of water bottles.
  • Please have water bottles filled prior to arriving at the arena. The snack bar is closed and not available to fill water bottles. There is NO water fountain at our arena to fill water bottles.
  • Team benches have marked seating. The benches have been extended down the side of the rink to accommodate full teams.
  • Players MUST wear a mask at all times inside the arena. This includes on & off the ice AND on the bench.
  • Coaches MUST wear a mask at all times inside the arena.
  • If at any time a player has to remove their mask (to take a drink), they MUST sanitize their hands before AND after (sanitizer will be provided by the arena).
  • There will be minimal to no body contact allowed.
  • Absolutely NO checking allowed.


  • Max of 2 people in the clock/score box. The 2 people MUST be from the same household because of the physical distancing limitations inside the box.
  • Masks need to be worn at ALL times inside the clock/score box.
  • Everyone running the clock needs to sanitize their hands prior to operating the clock. They will also need to sanitize after operating the clock.
  • Anyone operating the clock or doing the scoresheet will need to do the health screening, get temperature checked, and sign the contact tracing form.


  • Players called on a penalty will exit through the doors on the opposite side of the arena from the player's benches and serve the penalty at that location.

End of Game:

  • There will be no lining up at the end of the game to do handshakes/fist bumps.
  • Players will exit the same door they entered to get on the ice.
  • Only remove: skates, helmet, and gloves before leaving the arena. Players should be leaving fully dressed like they arrived.
  • Teams are asked to exit in a timely manner so that arena staff can properly sanitize the facility before the next group can enter.

Dominic Zappia Community Center - COVID-19 Guidelines

The arena will open to the designated group 10 minutes before the group is to enter the ice surface. If they arrive earlier, they will wait in the parking lot until they are let in by the coach or team manager.

Prior to arrival, a health screening will need to be completed for each individual entering the arena. Click here to complete this form prior to every arena visit.

Any player/coach/parent that are immune-compromised or have any symptoms or sickness should not participate in on-ice activity or be present at the arena at any time.

Any organization or individual using ice must make sure they have ample contact information in the event an issue were to arise. We ask family members to provide this to coaches if you aren't present while ice usage is happening.

Families are allowed 2 people per player/skater to enter the arena with the skater. Under current restrictions, please limit the number entering whenever possible.

Anyone when in the building/entering and exiting must wear face masks at all times. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS! Anyone not wearing a face covering will not be permitted to enter the facility. Social distancing is essential and will be enforced.

Players will enter the arena completely dressed minus skates, helmet, and gloves. Goalies will be allowed to put on leg pads inside.

Locker rooms and and warm room are closed to the public at this time. Once skaters enter the ice area, parents will be permitted to watch from the bleachers.

Players/coaches must bring their own drinking fluid and it should be marked with their name and be resealable, with no intention of refilling while at the arena.

We strongly suggest you use the restroom at home prior to leaving for the arena. We are trying to limit bathroom contact. If you use the restroom, please notify an arena attendant so disinfecting can be performed.

Players/coaches/parents will enter into the lobby where they will sit in a numbered area designated to that player and his/her parent. We highly discourage hockey bags in the arena. Please remain in your designated entry space until the coach permits the players to enter the ice.

When players enter the ice surface, all parents will take any additional belongings and enter the bleacher area where social distancing is ESSENTIAL. A limit of (2) people per player will be allowed in the designated area in bleachers while the player is on the ice. If a parent is not present, the player may take any additional belongings with them to the player bench. Clearing the entry area will allow time for staff/volunteers to disinfect the entry area prior to the next group's arrival. 

When the ice time is over, players will exit the ice at the Zamboni door and sit in our exit area in the same number seat they were designated in the lobby. Everyone will exit the building out the double doors down the hallway next to Locker Room B. We ask for your cooperation in exiting the building as quickly as possible and social distancing is always a must. 

There should be a coach/adult/arena attendant present until everyone has vacated the exiting area and it is ready for disinfecting. The area will then be disinfected and when finished the area will be vacant for at least 2 minutes to allow for the kill time of the disinfectant.

Players should not be waiting for rides home. Please be punctual when picking up your child as we can not allow them to wait in the building for rides at this time.


  • Individual training for ice related sports
  • Organized groups training together (including drills and clinics with a limit of 25 people or less)
  • NO CONTACT open hockey/shinny is permitted with a limit of 25 people or less
  • Figure skating will be limited to 25 people or less per session
  • Public skating will be limited to 25 people or less per session


  • No competition involving any activity where 2 or more individuals battle physically in an enclosed area (scrimmaging, battling for puck, or any drill with physical contact)
  • No pickup games
  • No recreational leagues
  • No tournaments
  • No competitive games with travel involved

Questions? Contact:

Doug Lavigne

Doug Lavigne

Rink Manager

Jennifer Lauzon

Jennifer Lauzon

NNMHA President

Jeni Reed

Jeni Reed

Webmaster/Board Member