Jul 14, 2020 | Tanya Croke | 1656 views
MMHA COVID-19 UPDATE #5
As we all continue to adjust to our new
normal, the MMHA Board of Directors is committed to ensuring the membership is kept as
informed as possible through these unprecedented times. We have had representation on every call or meeting hosted by the OMHA, OHF and Hockey Canada pertaining to return to play in Ontario.
On June 10, 2020 the OHF released their return to play plans for hockey in Ontario (you can view the whole document on our website). We are currently in Phase 2, Stage 2 of the OHF Return to Play process. Stage 2 of Phase 2 of the OHF plan allows for individual in-person on-ice training, virtual group training and in-person on-ice group development programming (with no more than 10 people). In accordance with the Ontario Government’s Emergency order, the opening and controlled use of sports facilities is permitted for use by sports organizations and now (recently changed) private businesses.
While the OHF return to play plan allows for on-ice programming in this stage, the OMHA (who is our governing body) is not currently approving on-ice programming for its Associations before August 4th. As such, the MMHA is not currently permitted to run any on-ice programming. There is no specific timeline on when we will be able to proceed to later stages within Phase 2, this will be dependent on the Provincial Government mandates, public health stipulations and further direction from Hockey Canada. We have been informed that Hockey Canada has various seasonal models with different start times (September, October etc.)
Specific details of these models have not been disclosed but it is anticipated that topics such as tryouts, season length and playoffs will be incorporated and adjusted in accordance to the start time.
With that said the MMHA is still not in a position to open registration for the 2020-2021 season, but we are continuing to meet as a board in anticipation for the return to full on-ice programming and will be prepared for a quick turnaround once the green light is given to resume hockey activities.
The MMHA will ensure that any return to play puts the safety of our members, first and foremost.
Stay Healthy & Safe
MMHA Board of Directors