Notice of Immediate
ASHA COVID POLICIES
Please follow the guidelines set forth by your local association and the CDC in reference to all Covid protocols.
Notice of Immediate
AHO COVID POLICIES
As Americans gradually return to more activities during the loosening of restrictions that are part of the ongoing efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, Stuart discussed what is needed to make that return as safe as possible during an interview with USAHockey.com this week.
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All teams (players, parents, coaches) traveling outside of Alaska will commit to adhering to all Alaska State Covid-19 travel regulations before participating in any on ice activities upon return to Alaska.
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COVID-19 Rink Guidelines
Dear Alaska Hockey Community:
In October, 2020, we the ASHA Executive Committee, as subsequently ratified by our full Board, issued our ASHA COVID Mandate Policy. The purpose of these mandates was to do our part to ensure the safety of not only our participate in hockey, but the safety of those who come into contact with our Alaska Hockey participants. The mandates really boil down to adhering to three simple things: (1) social distancing whenever possible; (2) wearing masks at all times relevant, and (3) eliminating the possibility to spread by way of shared space and water bottles. As such, to promote social distancing, we prohibited use of locker rooms unless exceptions are granted via a request with justification with Anna Culley, we limited the gathering before and after games, and we limited spectators. Regarding masks, we mandated that they be worn before, during and after games.
I am certainly well aware of the fact that we as a state are top on the lists of states regarding getting is population vaccinated. I know we are all growing tired of the restrictions and limitations COVID and governing bodies’ have placed on all of us, and the ASHA COVID mandates are no exception. That said, we cautioned all of our membership when issuing these mandates that if we were not proactive, and if we elect to not adhere to the safety measures contained in our COVID Mandate Policy, then those who hold the keys to the rinks, especially in Anchorage meaning the municipality of Anchorage, may elect that we can not be trusted to adhere to the current basic safety measures, and restrict access to the indoor ice. We took the position then and take the position now that we are less interested in punishing the bad actors, meaning those who elect to ignore the safety protocols in place, and that we, as the governing body for hockey in the State of Alaska are far more concerned about keeping everyone safe. Recently, in our local efforts to persuade the Acting Mayor of Anchorage and the Anchorage Assembly to lighten up on the local Emergency Orders and the restrictions contained in them relating to hockey, many of us in a position of leadership represented that our hockey community can be trusted. We let them know that ASHA had been proactive and adopted good and proper COVID Mandated Policies, and that we as a hockey community are doing a good job adhering to our own COVID 19 policies and that are number are low, which for the most part is and remains to be a true statement. But perceptions can become reality, and the actions of a few can affect all of us.
Unfortunately, as we all know from recent press releases, the MOA Code enforcement has been visiting the local Anchorage rinks and assessing fines. Maybe it is an administration flexing their muscle because the conflict between the Assembly and the Administration regarding Hockey; or maybe it is happening now because they are taking an interest in policing rinks to undermine representations made of all the good work and adherence to our own polies so many of you have demonstrated for these many months and to assess fees or make some kind of a political statement. The motives really are not relevant at this time. What is relevant is that they are showing up, and assessing fines. They are assessing fines because many have elected to let their guard down; parents not insisting their children comply; programs perhaps not policing their own coaches and teams; coaches not policing their own players; and adult teams wearing face masks like chin guards. We as a hockey community can and must do better.
Now is not the time to engage in the debate as to the “science behind mask wearing” or the political debate that being forced to wear masks infringes someone’s freedom-those debates are for a different time. Failing to comply, letting down our guard in this the third period of the COVID fight will ultimately infringe on the rights of everyone who wants to continue to enjoy and participate in the game for the short run. It would be one thing Code enforcement assessed fines only as against the individuals who actually ignored the MOA Mask mandates (also our ASHA Mandates). Then perhaps the power of the penalty and the purse could have a sufficient motivation to ensure future compliance by those who choose to let their guard down and not comply. However, Code Enforcement has elected to fine the rinks, specifically The O’Malley Ice Center for our failings as a community to comply. ASHA and hockey community is dependent upon a strong partnership with our rinks, particularly our only Anchorage based private rink. It has been hit hard due to COVID. It has lost the opportunity to host actual “games” for months, it had State Hockey Tournaments moved from its venue due to local restrictions, and the monetary loss and the economic strain on the O’Malley Center due to COVID has been tremendous. The unwillingness of a few of our membership to comply with the mask mandates is costing our partner in hockey more economic loss. This is no way to treat our partner in hockey. These actions are “infringing” on the rinks rights, and run the real risk of ruining our ability to remove restrictions on our local rinks in the near future.
I urge all of us to do better and we must do better. To those have shown the willingness to adhere to our ASHA COVID policies and been willing to make the necessary sacrifices so that all of us can continue to enjoy the game, I want to express my gratitude and sincere thanks. To those of you who may be letting up your guard, please think about how your actions affect others, and mask up!