Gov. Charlie Baker has joined the governors of the five other New England states and New Jersey in extending a prohibition on interstate youth hockey through the end of January.

The governors took the action because of coronavirus outbreaks associated with youth hockey activities.

The governors of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Jersey said the prohibition, which had been set to expire Thursday, would be extended through Jan. 31.

The prohibition applies to all public and private schools and youth hockey leagues. It will be reevaluated as public health conditions warrant.

The prohibition does not affect interstate collegiate, professional or U.S. national team hockey.

In Vermont, the order does not affect rules that allow limited youth leagues and school-based sports programs within the state for people 19 and younger.

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