We’ve received a number or questions about our COVID policies and approach to mitigating the risks as we prepare for our indoor season. We realize this is an important and stressful topic, so we wanted to share our thoughts and strategies. Please be aware that we’re evaluating and revising our policies weekly as the COVID situation changes, and we reserve the right to change the rules as needed. We are committed to doing our part in keeping our community safe and healthy.
We recognize that no one is excited about playing in a mask, but we will be requiring them at this point for all players and spectators. The City of Northampton currently has a mask mandate for all indoor activities, and we will be complying with this mandate and will adjust if public health guidance changes.
Over the past few weeks, we have been working with air quality experts to evaluate the arena’s airflow. We recognize the importance of good ventilation and our facility currently has a very high level of air turnover and over 1 million cubic feet of air. Our heating system pulls in 100% fresh air (nothing recirculated), and we are installing high-grade MERV 15 air filters throughout the facility. Furthermore, whenever possible, we’ll be leaving the doors open to increase the airflow (spectators might want to bring a jacket).
We are requiring all of our employees and referees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. We encourage everyone who enters the arena to be vaccinated. We are not currently requiring vaccination of all players, but that may change in future sessions.
We know it’s hard to miss the glorious moments, but we ask that, when possible, there be only one spectator per player.
Among our new owners are emergency medicine doctors who have been actively involved in the COVID response for nearly 2 years. They have formulated our COVID policies taking into account the most up-to-date scientific evidence, public health guidance, and local community rates.
Thank you for your part in helping us re-open safely. See you soon!