The coronavirus pandemic continues to overtake the sports world, as leagues and teams continue to suspend and cancel events in line with the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations on avoiding large gatherings and practicing social distancing.
The NHL took their policies a step further on Monday, issuing a memo to teams telling players to self-quarantine until at least March 27.
“After further discussions and in light of the CDC’s recommended eight-week ban on mass gatherings in the U.S., the League has agreed that Players can serve the “self-quarantine” period at the residence of their choosing through and including Friday, March 27, 2020 (unless a longer period may be required),’’ NHLPA executive director Don Fehr wrote. “The residence can be anywhere in the world.
"Please continue to pay attention to the Covid-19 travel advisories issued by the US and Canada, as well as other countries around the world. If you have any questions or need assistance, please let us know.’’
The NHL season has been on pause since Thursday, and while no NHL players have been reported to have the virus, a part-time employee at SAP Center in San Jose did test positive for the virus after working on Mar. 3.
In these uncertain times, team executives should be in constant contact with players and coaches.
It’s positive to see the NHL stepping up, and hopefully, these drastic steps will help in slowing the spread of the virus.