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I signed it but here is my response to Mass Hockey blast email about Phase 3 opening + hockey being "newly designated" as a high risk activity
"The facts are clear: the Chinese Virus affects the elderly + people with underlying health issues. Anywhere from 70-80% of fatalities have been in state regulated nursing homes. I have a better suggestion than hoping that these facts will change Chairman Charlie's pathetic, multi step, make it up as you go plan. How about Mass Hockey grows a pair of balls + tells him to go **** himself. Just a suggestion.
The difficult argument the committee has to get around is how do we justify youth playing contact sports when all other businesses are legislated to avoid contact. The bar business cant even open, but the same governing body is allowing youth contact games and tournaments? If the education department gets involved with this assessment, then they will argue why are we doing everything to prevent contact during the school day to then have full contact sports after school? This is the maze the state is causing itself. Cluster F... I would have supported the Swedish model. Go forward with full opening and basic precautions. Consistent for all businesses and activities
Full opening with 100 percent mask use would get the economy humming again, but you self-hating closeted knuckleheads won't put on a mask.
I agree in choices too, but the concern I keep hearing is not the on-ice stuff but off - the locker room and the benches. Both are impossible to social distance (most are undersized to begin with) and we know how filthy both get.
For now you can tell players to show up dressed and not use locker rooms/showers (wont work for league play), but what do you do when a player comes back to the bench sucking wind breathing real hard all over the guy sitting next to him, or even his old coach? That's the scenario I don't have an answer for. This is unprotected continued close contact with heavy breathing in a cold environment - you won't find a worse example than that.
I want to get going as much as anyone, but I don't see the on-ice stuff as the problem - the locker room and bench are. What's the answer to that?