The EIHA and NIHL have announced a phased return to play starting this month with teams in the National Division.
Discussions continue with clubs in NIHL 1 North and South around a possible return to play in those divisions and an update will be given in due course.
A statement on the EIHA website said: “Throughout the Return to Play discussions with stakeholders, we are grateful for the support and co-operation of Ice Hockey UK and the Elite League.
“Although the EIHL have confirmed they will not be playing in 2020-21, they will remain part of ongoing and continuing dialogue about bringing the whole sport back from the covid shutdown.”
The first NIHL competition returning to play will be in the NIHL National.