With roughly 90 players placed on the NHL’s COVID protocol list and over 20 games postponed, the league announced on Thursday some new measures to try and slow the spread of the virus.
The @NHL announced today a series of additional COVID-19 preventative measures, which all Clubs must implement beginning with today’s games.
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— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 4, 2021
Along with a statement from Commissioner Gary Bettman, the new measures are as follows:
The glass behind both benches have to be removed to allow airflow to move more freely away from the benches
Players and staff are not permitted to arrive at the arena beyond 1 hour and 45 minutes before puck drop unless to receive treatment before the game and to prepare. Team meetings are to be held virtually as much as possible
Locker rooms are to be expanded which would allow the players to practice social distancing. Teams are expected to provide plans of the reconfigurations by February 10th
Air cleaners with HEPA are to be added behind the bench to improve air quality in the arena
While these are certainly improvements to the NHL’s plan to …
Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation