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ECDOH issues close order to Cheektowaga ice rink for hosting hockey scrimmage

Holiday Twin Rinks
Posted at 10:25 AM, Dec 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-19 10:25:35-05

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Erie County Department Health has issued a close order to Holiday Twin Rinks on Broadway in Cheektowaga after a public health sanitarian witnessed a hockey scrimmage, Friday night.

The health department says the facility will be allowed to open after a safety plan has been submitted to the Erie County Department of Health and is reviewed and approved.

The Erie County Department of Health issued the following statement

Our office of epidemiology school team has received multiple, recent results of COVID-19 cases among coaches, parents and youth hockey players, along with accounts of hockey scrimmages being played. ECDOH public health sanitarians are conducting inspections of sports facilities based on these reports and complaints.

Our department is reminding sports facilities directors, and youth sports coaches and families that NY Forward guidance for sports and recreation is still in effect. Teams for high-risk sports are not permitted to participate in competitive team practices, games, meets, matches, scrimmages (e.g. organized leagues, pick-up sports), or competitive tournaments of multiple games, meets, matches, or scrimmages requiring travel.