CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Interstate youth hockey competitions will remain prohibited in New England and New Jersey until at least April 1, the region's governors said Friday.

The seven states previously had suspended interstate youth hockey activities for public and private schools and youth leagues through Jan. 31. The prohibition does not apply to collegiate, professional or U.S. national team hockey activities.

Ice rinks in some states had been temporarily closed last year because of clusters of COVID-19 linked to games and practices. The states have issued new guidance on games, fan numbers, and face coverings.