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20 Coronavirus Cases Linked To Hockey Rink

Ice Skates
A Connecticut ice rink will close for a week, just as ice rinks across Vermont and New Hampshire pause activities until the end of the month.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont says no additional restrictions on winter high school sports are needed to handle a spike in cases linked to ice hockey.  That's after governors in Vermont and New Hampshire suspended all ice rink reservations for two weeks amid 150 cases related to broomball and hockey games.

The Northford Ice Pavilion in Connecticut has been temporarily closed for a week after more than 20 coaches and players tested positive for COVID-19. It's the latest outbreak in the hockey community after more than a dozen Yale players tested positive in New Haven this month.

Barbara NaClerio with the East Shore District Health Department says they are contact tracing the youth, high school and college hockey players that use the rink.

The group that oversees high school sports in Connecticut says teams for winter sports can start their season on December 7 with practices beginning on November 21.

The group is expected to finalize which sports will be allowed to play this winter on November 10.