MGHA COVID-19 Protocols
Last updated: 2021-09-20
Quick summary: If you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, please stay home. Let your captain know so they can get a sub. We strongly recommend getting tested regularly and especially if experiencing any symptoms on this list.
- Before each game or session, review the symptoms located here and identify if you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19.
- If you are experiencing symptoms, please stay home. We strongly recommend you get tested. There are a variety of testing options available in the community here in Dane County.
MGHA Policy on Masking for 2021-22 Season
Quick summary: Wear a mask indoors until further notice
- Dane County Face Covering Emergency Order #2 went into effect on 9/10/21, and will remain in effect until 10/8/21. This means all indoor MGHA activity, including on-ice, will require an appropriate mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- MGHA will continue to abide by the indoor mask guideline until the league explicitly updates this policy, regardless of future Dane County orders. Proper masking has been shown to be an effective measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, even amongst the fully vaccinated. MGHA recognizes that many members’ households include people unable to be vaccinated, and our Covid policy is for their benefit, as well as our members.
- Properly fit and worn masks are considered required safety equipment. Much like other safety equipment, such as helmets, flagrant violations of league policy will be covered by MGHA’s code of conduct.
- Per Dane County guidelines, splash guards for hockey helmets do not count as masks. If you have a medical exemption as it relates to mask-wearing, contact the board.
- To address the hockey-specific challenges of wearing face coverings, prior to the start of the 2021-22 season, MGHA has purchased a limited number of masks specifically designed to fit directly onto hockey helmets. These masks will be available for members to purchase, at a discount, until supplies run out. Once supplies are exhausted, if there is still significant demand, the league will attempt to purchase more masks in bulk with the intent of getting a discount.
Season Refund Policy
Quick summary: Due to the continuing pandemic, MGHA will institute a more adaptable refund policy for the 2021-22 season.
- Anyone requesting a deposit and/or league fee refund before 10/1/21 will receive a full refund.
- Anyone requesting a refund after 10/1/21 will receive a pro-rated refund for their unused ice time, minus the upcoming session, minus PayPal fees.
- MGHA incurs PayPal fees with every payment. Members requesting a refund after 10/1/21 can opt to apply that pro-rated refund to next year’s fees, and not have PayPal fees deducted.
- Refund requests should go to email@example.com
Positive COVID Exposure Protocol
Quick summary: Reporting positive tests is a way we keep our community safer. We strongly recommend individuals get tested after an exposure, which we will communicate to you once reported.
- We require that any positive COVID test be reported to COVID@madisongayhockey.org. This email will only be accessible to members of the board, and positive tests will be kept anonymous.
- For individuals with positive tests, per CDC recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals, isolate at home for 10 days. MGHA will additionally request a negative test before returning to play. Please see WI DHS community testing sites here. Please send your negative test to COVID@madisongayhockey.org.
- We are recommending all players enable exposure notifications from WI DHS on their phones. We believe this is the easiest and most effective way to anonymously share potential exposure information across the league. The board will also notify both teams that played with the COVID-positive player most recently that a player in their last game tested positive. Following CDC guidelines for vaccinated individuals, all players on both teams, and other potentially exposed individuals are strongly encouraged to:
- Get a COVID test 3-5 days after the exposure
- Continue wearing a mask indoors for 14 days, or until a negative test is confirmed
Quick summary: We require a COVID-19 vaccine. If you’re unvaccinated due to a medical exemption, contact the board.
- All players are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. To be fully vaccinated, you must have a full schedule of the initial dose and brand, and present verifiable evidence of vaccination (vaccine card)
- If you are unvaccinated, you must have a medical exemption. No other exemptions from vaccination are permitted for players in the MGHA. If you have a medical exemption, contact the Board to let us know that you have a medical reason that prohibits you from receiving the vaccine.
- For those who fall into this category, you are required to get a COVID test weekly, as close to Sunday as possible (dependent on turnaround time of the test), and send your test result to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your test is negative, you’re good to play! If it’s positive, you’re symptomatic, or you do not submit a test, you are not permitted to return to the rink or league play until you receive a negative test.