On Friday, the authorities confirmed their decree which would allow the players and teams americans to quarantine, a cohort to work around the rule of solitary confinement for 14 days, when crossing the border, while adhering to strict guidelines. The representatives of the government have looked closely at a map of the NHL to keep up to 50 players and staff by team in a bubble hotel to the ice rink, with intense testing.
“There are different stages and phases in the training (camp), up to the actual matches in the center,” said Theresa Tam, chief medical officer of health. “There are different measures at each stage to ensure screening, testing and quarantine, as appropriate, within the groups to ensure that there is no impact on the local population. I think the collective review is that these are proposals very, very solid.
“These things need to be reviewed all the time. The activity of COVID-19 is changing as we speak in Canada and in some regions of the United States. ”
A stream of bad news has come of these over the last few days. A staff member of the Coyotes of Arizona proved to be positive, then the Tampa Bay Lightning has closed its training facilities on Friday after three players and some staff members were found to be positive. They have been discovered through tests weekly that are part of the plan to return to the game for phase 2 of the NHL before the scheduled opening of training camps on July 10. The situation in Tampa Bay was reflected other epidemics among the professional athletes of the State of Florida, including at least a Blue Jay in Toronto.
“These players have been self-isolated according to the protocols and are asymptomatic except few cases of fever of low intensity,” said the general manager of the Lightning, Julien BriseBois said in a statement. “Those who have been in contact with these persons have been informed.”
Friday evening, a press release from the NHL revealed that 11 players have been tested positive on 200 and more are presented in the training centres, voluntary since June 8, and have undergone several required tests. “All were isolated and following the protocols of the CDC and Health Canada,” the statement said, adding that the league will provide a weekly update on the number of tests and results, but not on the identity of the players.
The best scorer of the Maple Leafs, Auston Matthews, has also contracted COVID-19 in the last few days, according to sources from the NHL, Steve Simmons Toronto Sunwhile he was training in his condominium in Scottsdale, Arizona. But the guest of long-time Matthews during the break in the NHL, his team-mate Frederik Andersen, gave a negative result.
Ironically, the two men were waiting for the move to Ottawa Friday, to work around the rules before a planned return to Toronto to participate in training sessions in small groups. They did not want their daily training routine is interrupted by the mandatory quarantine of 14 days.
When the tournament begins, and that this date is also pending for later in the summer, the NHL has to pay his own tests in the hubs. It may be that all test facilities are not used could be used by the public on a given day.
We asked Tam what strategies were in place if a player or a staff member had a positive result in a hub of canada.
“These protocols need to be developed with the local medical officer of health. (But) the idea through the regular tests is to reduce the real impact of the people who should be removed from the game itself. In the end, the decision must be based on (the best interest of) public health. ”
No fan will probably be authorized in the three arenas of potential in Canada, the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Rogers Place in Edmonton and Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. But the presence of 11 teams visiting and the club are also receiving sequestered would be of some benefit to the economies of every locality that have been broken by COVID-19.
“I think this will be great for the psychology of the city,” said Toronto mayor, John Tory. “There will be more business for the hotels, because there are several teams and members of staff and others to come.
“There are a lot of advantages; not so awesome if you could host tens of thousands of fans, but we will take the designation of city pivot if the NHL wants. We can create a totally safe, totally welcoming, certainly focused on hockey. The main objective will be to keep everyone; the players, the staff and the population of Toronto, in safety. I think we can do that and present a great show. ”
While B. C. and Alberta has eased the restrictions imposed on the public as the spring progressed and more people became ill, Toronto remains at the stage of his recovery, at least for a few more days. Many shops, including restaurants-restaurants are still closed.
Dr. Eileen De Villa, a medical officer of health of Toronto, said that the bubble for the NHL teams is a concept which is “not different from what we have now with the social circles (up to 10 people). When you can contain the environment – and proposals (NHL) that we have seen suggest that it is feasible – then you contain the risk. This is to ensure that you have systems in place to deal with the case as soon as they arrive and follow them quickly. ”
There were originally 10 teams on the wish list of the NHL to the major cities, three in Canada, more than Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis / St. Paul and Pittsburgh. Vegas with its large space of the hotel has the top.
THAT COMPETITION IN CANADIAN BEGINS
The puck has not yet dropped for the tournament of 24 teams in the playoffs of the NHL and there is already a healthy competition between the three canadian cities that are now in the finals to become a city hub.
The representatives of the government of British Columbia, Alberta, Toronto had taken advantage of the forces of the respective cities Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto as the NHL was discussing his choice, and with Friday’s announcement that the rules of quarantine of 14 days for the visiting crew could be eased, the mayor of Toronto John Tory is entered in the first shot.
“I believe that we are the world capital of hockey and I mentioned that some of the functions of the NHL, I’m gone,” said Tory. “Some people have challenged that, but that is their problem. “
“If it’s hockey or other sports practised at Scotiabank or at the Rogers Centre, this puts Toronto on the map.”
He added that this would be a “rise of moral” for a city that has missed its professional sports.
The premier of Alberta, Jason Kenney, has pointed out that the economic conditions of the province were difficult before COVID-19, and that the hotel activity and other benefits generated by 11 teams visiting and staying for a month or two would help.