July 27, 2020

The Board of English Ice Hockey Association are delighted to announce that ice hockey under their control will move to Phase 2 of Return to Play with effect from Saturday August 1 2020.

Phase 2 allows groups of up to 20 players to train – on or off ice – at once, although there are still restrictions on different groups mixing and 2m social distancing to be practiced.

Ice rinks in England can reopen from August 1, however moving to Phase 2 allows all clubs under the EIHA to expand their training regimes regardless of whether their rinks are open or not.

The Board have also confirmed that 2019/20 insurance and registrations for players and coaches will be extended to cover training during the initial return to play period so everyone can take advantage of the new guidelines from the day of inception. Details of new registrations for 2020/21 will be issued in due course.

An updated Return To Play chart as well as a specific Phase 2 graphic is available below.

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The Board will work within DCMS guidelines to move to Phase 3 as soon as it is safe to do so.