UPDATE AS OF AUGUST 10: Island Garden, JMF and Lightning Operations CONTINUE TO BE CLOSED INDEFINITELY

Jim, Karen, Tom, Rosemary, Jon, Jimmy and Dwayne

Despite the fact that we are fully prepared to reopen in terms of proper protocols, we continue to be instructed by government officials that we are a “gymnasium” and therefore not permitted to open. I am aware that some facilities open for camps and small group instruction but that would not work for us as we could not begin to pay our rent using the small amount of money that would be earned from those limited activities. We have appealed to the Governor (no response to multiple emails) and other County and Town Officials who did respond but say that we are not permitted to open based on the Governor’s orders. Unfortunately, the Governor stated last week that he has no immediate plans to allow gymnasiums to open. We are working every day to remove the designation of gymnasium from our sports facility.

We will continue to communicate with you. We pray that this pandemic will pass and it will again be safe to play the game we all love. We have been operating the Island Garden for 22 years and Lightning for 27 years and have no intention of letting this pandemic defeat us. Most of all, we certainly miss everyone.

Jim Fox

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