Ice Rinks Close In Massachusetts Due To COVID-19 Clusters

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Ice rinks across Massachusetts will close Friday evening for at least two weeks, due to dozens of COVID-19 clusters linked to ice hockey games and practices.

Hockey season will be on hold as of Friday 5 p.m. until 12:01 a.m. on November 7th, according to an order issued Thursday by the state Department of Public Health.

Health officials said so far 108 cases of coronavirus have been traced to at least 30 clusters associated with organized ice hockey activities in the Commonwealth.

Dozens of avid ice hockey players, who often practice or play several times a week, were getting some last-minute skating time in at the ice rinks Friday morning ahead of the 14-day shut down.

Many players said they'll be resorting to street hockey over the next few weeks.

WBZ NewsRadio's Jim MacKay reports:

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