Recently, the NHL has eased some of its COVID-19 restrictions and protocols as many teams have been fully vaccinated. The teams fully vaccinated are primarily in the U.S. as in Canada the vaccine rollout has been far slower. As a result, Canadian teams will not be enjoying the same freedoms other teams are getting.
The NHL made the announcement on Saturday and said to be eligible to relax protocols, the traveling team must have 85% or more people fully vaccinated. Some of the changes include fewer restrictions on indoor or outdoor dining, testing frequencies, mask weaning, and quarantine requirements.
Canadian athletes spoke out on the topic with mixed emotions. Edmonton Oilers defenceman Tyson Barrie thinks it is “awesome” for teams that are vaccinated. Toronto Maple Leaf’s goalie Jack Campbell is glad to see life might be turning normal again. Then Winnepeg Jets winger Andrew Copp is “Very Jealous” as he can see his friends and family living a normal life in his hometown of Michigan.
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