The NHL reintroduced stricter COVID-19 protocols Saturday that embrace daily testing and different steps in a bid to restrict a rising outbreak amongst gamers and workforce personnel.
Several Canadian provinces are actually or will quickly restrict attendance at massive occasions like NHL video games to 50% of capability.
Besides the daily testing for gamers and coaches, “additional pre-game testing may be implemented, on a case-by-case basis, when a COVID outbreak occurs within a team.”
The league stated the omicron variant is chargeable for the uptick in circumstances.
“Given the increased number of positive cases in our league within the last two weeks, and changing societal realities with the new omicron COVID-19 variant, the NHLPA and NHL have collectively agreed that all Clubs shall be required to follow enhanced preventative and detection measures,” the league stated.
Moments after the announcement, Detroit positioned three gamers, coach Jeff Blashill and assistant coach Alex Tanguay in protocol forward of Saturday evening’s dwelling recreation towards New Jersey. The Red Wings have the one participant within the league, Tyler Bertuzzi, who will not be vaccinated.
While postponed video games could also be rescheduled, all eyes on are the calendar: The NHL plans to permit its gamers to take part within the Winter Olympics in China in February — except COVID-19 disruptions show to be an excessive amount of.
The NHL has till Jan. 10 to opt-out of the Winter Games with out monetary penalty, however retains the correct to cancel its plans up till gamers are scheduled to journey to Beijing.
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