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Musketeers Following Strict COVID-19 Plan, Working Toward Virus-Free Season

October 26, 2020 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Sioux City Musketeers News Release

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Sports have been working at all levels since the beginning of COVID-19.

It's now time for the USHL to tackle the same issue.

Before the Sioux City Musketeers can start worrying about the season, the team must first worry about the health and safety of the organization.

"The stricter we are, the more it can be seen that we are trying to make sure we're taking every precaution just to keep everybody safe, including myself, the staff and even the fans, at this point," Athletic Trainer Jacqui Gutierrez said.

The team has entrusted the athletic trainer to handle the safety measures that come along with combating COVID-19.

It's been an adjustment, to say the least.

"It's just challenging all around, but I think as a team we are taking care of it and doing the right things," Gutierrez stated. "The guys are definitely making it easy for me and they're doing pretty much everything that I ask them, too."

Players and staff are required to wear masks at all times.

The close-up interaction Gutierrez has with players means constant sanitation is key.

"Before I will even touch a player I will wash my hands or use hand sanitizer. And then, always between players, I will wash my hands or use hand sanitizer," said Gutierrez. "I will fog or sanitize the gym and the athletic training room. I do that every day once everyone has left, so that when we come in the next morning it's clean and ready for them to go."

On the off chance a player does contract the virus, the Muskies have a protocol in place.

"Our team protocol is, if you show symptoms, you will go get tested," Gutierrez said. "Based on their COVID-19 test results, they will either continue to quarantine until they have decreased in symptoms or symptoms are completely gone. Once that happens, they will be seen by a physician to get clearance to return to play."

With the guidelines set forth by Gutierrez, she feels the organization is set up in the best way possible for the upcoming season.

"If we're not protecting ourselves, then we can't play," stated Gutierrez. "And playing hockey is something we all love."

The Musketeers open the year at home November 7th against the Tri-City Storm.


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