Lawmakers urge Gov. Cuomo to help struggling Long Island ice rinks, bring back youth hockey

Lawmakers are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to help struggling Long Island ice rinks shuttered because of the pandemic.

News 12 Staff

Jan 14, 2021, 11:51 AM

Updated 1,196 days ago

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Lawmakers urge Gov. Cuomo to help struggling Long Island ice rinks, bring back youth hockey
Lawmakers are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to help struggling Long Island ice rinks shuttered because of the pandemic.
GOP lawmakers sent a letter to Cuomo requesting that he immediately recategorize youth ice hockey's risk level from high to moderate. This would allow the ice rinks to host non-checking games.
The move is aimed at helping ice rinks stay afloat while ensuring that the tradition of youth hockey continues.
"Ice rinks throughout Long Island have taken necessary precautions to ensure that non-checking ice hockey can be played in a safe environment," said Sen. Anthony Palumbo. "By simply recategorizing youth hockey from 'high' risk to 'moderate,' we can help save these struggling businesses and provide enjoyment for the Long Island's youth hockey players and their families. It's a win-win for the region and our residents during these difficult times."
Currently, many ice rinks follow state recommendations and have implemented protocols for safe play, which includes wearing masks, no checking, limiting the number of players on a team and limiting spectators.


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