OTTAWA – The federal government has approved a convocation secession proposal from the NHL, Deputy Prime Minister Christiaan Freeland said Friday.
The only exception to any 14-day .quarantine quarantine for entry into Canada is the removal of a hurdle in nominating Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver as “hub” cities if the league is able to return to play later this summer.
Instead of isolating the players separately for these two teams, this quart quarantine keeps the players separate from the general public.
Freeland says this quart quarantine involves regular screening. He added that it would be very important to follow the instructions of the medical officers closely, he added.
Asked what would happen if a player or staff member tested positive, Canada’s chief public health officer said specific local health authority guidelines should be followed.
“It simply came to our notice then. If a positive test is detected, it is related to the response to local public health. “
“It simply came to our notice then. Through a protocol that is constantly reviewed, the idea is to test yourself regularly to reduce the actual impact of people who have to remove themselves from the game. I think in the end the decision should be made at that time based on the assessment of public health. “
Dr. Dina Hinsha, Alberta’s chief medical officer for health, said if Edmonton is selected and a player or staff member is tested positive, local health authorities will liaise closely with the NHL to determine the next steps.
“Whatever happens in determining the situation, we will ensure that there is no risk to the public and no risk of spreading outside that particular group,” he said.
On Thursday, Tampa Bay Lighting shut down their facilities after three players and additional staff tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
This was discontinued a few weeks after allowing players to return to their respective facilities to volunteer and participate in off-ice workouts. Players were allowed to skate in groups of six at once.
The NHL said Friday that more than 200 players have been tested during volunteer workouts at the club’s facilities since June 8, with 11 tests positive.
Hinso said the power situation would not change Edmonton’s plans.
“I believe the protocols within us can effectively prevent infection,” he said.
Toronto Health Officer Dr. Eileen de Villa said she was satisfied with the NHL’s plans.
“As long as our minds are properly addressed for public health considerations, based on the documents we’ve seen, we look forward to seeing how decisions are made and waiting to be able to welcome people safely into our city,” he said.
Toronto Mayor John Tory said choosing this city before taking playful shots at other candidates could be “boosting morale”.
“I believe we are the hockey capital of the world. I mentioned that I went to a few NHL events and some people from elsewhere brought up the subject but that’s their problem, “he said.
Three Canadian cities, including Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Minneapolis / St. Paul, the hub is going to be the city.
The NHL plans to start training camps for the remaining 24 teams on July 10 and hopes to start playing again later this summer.