New Jersey Extends Suspension of Youth Hockey Through March 31

By: Kaitlyn Kudriavetz, Writer / Follow South Jersey Child Welfare Intern

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SOUTH JERSEY — The suspension of both public and private interstate youth hockey competitions and youth hockey leagues will be extended through March 31, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced last Friday.

This decision has been made in conjunction with several governors from surrounding states. Maine Governor Janet Mills, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, Vermont Governor Phil Scott, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker are among those who are part of the agreement to suspend interstate youth hockey.

Previously, the suspension was supposed to last through at least January 31, but has been lengthened as these states receive updated COVID-19 data. Interstate youth hockey was initially suspended in November throughout New England and in New Jersey.

“As public health data continues to evolve, the states will reassess the need for continued restrictions on interstate sports activities,” Gov. Murphy said in a release.

This suspension excludes interstate collegiate, professional, or U.S. national team hockey activities.

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.