Covid FAQ (Guelph Girls Hockey Association)

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Covid and Hockey Frequently Asked Questions

Will we have games/tournaments?
No tournaments are being sanctioned until January and it’s unlikely that there will be any this year. Regular league play is not going to occur.

If we play games, will they be the same?
No. We will start with 3-3 games and hopefully progress to 4-4 (and maybe eventually 5-5). These will have modified rules, such as no face-offs and no sustained or intentional contact. The goal is to balance game play and safety, and temporary game changes are meant to reduce the amount of face-to-face time. They may also benefit by improving the game’s flow and time girls spend playing versus waiting or organizing.


How will ice times work?
All players and families will be provided with current City and U of G rules (linked on our Covid Information webpage). They are very similar and are straightforward. They may change over the course of the season. Currently, players must come partly dressed, can only access the facility 15 minutes prior to the ice time, there are dressing room occupancy limitations, masks must be worn until helmet are donned and distancing must be practiced as much as possible. One parent may accompany each player and must remain in the designated viewing area and wear a mask. Everyone must leave within 10 minutes of the end of the session. There will be health checks and recording of health status and attendance for contact tracing purposes.


Will practices be the same?
The goal is to maintain as much normalcy as possible. However, we must minimize contact and time girls spend in close proximity. The focus (at least at the start) will be on individual skills and tactics, with drills that foster distancing and avoid intention contact. There may be less variation in the types of drills and no scrimmages or battling drills, but the overall practice structure will remain unchanged. There may be fewer assistants on the ice this year because of limitations in allowed numbers. All personnel on the ice (coaches and players) count toward the limit.


Does the arena environment pose a risk?
The environment is thought to play a minimal role in transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID). The main risks are from direct contact with infected people and transmission over short distances by droplets (small liquid particles) that are created when people breathe, talk, cough or during other activities. This is why there is a focus on distancing and mask use. The minimal risk of transmission via environmental surfaces is reduced even further through standard cleaning and disinfection practices that are done in arenas, and frequent use of hand sanitizers.


Does playing hockey in any form pose a risk to my daughter?
Hockey is likely a low risk activity. While indoors, arenas are large, open, well ventilated spaces that are probably quite similar to outdoors. This reduces the risk of transmission because it does not allow for accumulation of virus-laden small particles in the air. The main risks with hockey are probably time in dressing rooms and when players get close to each other on the ice. That is why masks are required in dressing rooms, and measures are in place to limit the proximity and contact of players on the ice. There is always going to be some degree of increased risk because players will get close to one another; however, with the practices that are in place, this should be limited.


If my daughter isn’t feeling well, what should I do?
You should notify the coach about your players illness and complete the Ontario COVID school self-assessment tool ( This will indicate the required action (e.g. monitoring, testing, isolation). The same criteria for return to school would apply to hockey. If your daughter is supposed to stay home from school, she must stay home from hockey. When she is allowed to return to school, she is allowed to return to hockey.


If someone on the team gets COVID-19, what happens?
The response will be determined by the Wellington-Dufferin Guelph Public Health unit. This would typically involve determining when the person was likely infectious and determining if there were any hockey activities during that time. If there were, the attendance information that teams collect will be used to help determine potential exposures, alongside questioning and the duration and closeness of contact. This might result in a recommendation to self-monitor or to test and self-isolate. The impact on the team (e.g. temporary suspension of play) would be best on Public Health guidance.

My child just has a runny nose. What should I do?
Your child should not participate in hockey. As per the Ontario self-screening tool (, your child should stay home for 24 hours. After 24 hours, if they have no other signs and their runny nose is improving, they can return to play. If there is no improvement or other signs (e.g. cough, fever) develop, they should contact their healthcare provider to determine if COVID testing is required and not return to hockey until cleared by their healthcare provider.


We rotate goalie equipment. What is the risk from that?
This virus is poorly able to survive outside of the body. In good conditions, in might survive for a couple days but most often it probably dies within hours or a day. The risk posed by shared items is limited. The risk posed by our shared goalie equipment is negligible because 5-7 days pass between players using the same equipment. Without any cleaning or disinfection, any virus would not be expected to survive. Further, we are spraying the equipment with a disinfectant to provide an extra layer of security.


My child has COVID. When can she return to play?
Current provincial guidelines are that people can end self-isolation 10 days after the onset of their signs and symptoms of COVID-19. No testing is required to end isolation.

My child had a fever or other signs that might be COVID-19 but did not get her tested. When can she play?
If there are signs that could be compatible with COVID-19 and testing is not performed, players must not play until 10 days after the onset of those signs (unless a healthcare provider has indicated that the signs were not from COVID).


Someone that my child has had contact with has COVID-19. Can she play?
This depends on the context of the exposure. If your child has been told to self-isolate because of high risk exposure, she cannot play during the self-isolation period. If she was told to self-monitor because of low-risk exposure, she can play as long as she is healthy.


Someone in our household has COVID-19. Can my daughter play?
Most likely, no. Household exposure is almost always considered high risk exposure, necessitating self-isolation.  Players can only participate if they have been told by Public Health that it was low risk exposure and that they only have to self-monitor.


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