Due to the uncertainty amid the coronavirus pandemic, Regina Mayor Michael Fougere cannot provide a framework for when the Saskatchewan Roughriders might be able to play in the prairies.
“No timeline for that. The premier spoke about larger public gatherings like concerts and in this case CFL games, there’s a lot of work to be done between now and that time,” Fougere said according to CTV News Regina reporter Claire Hanna.
The Riders regular season home opener had been slated for Friday, June 19 against the Montreal Alouettes. However, CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie Ambrosie stated the league’s schedule will not start on time amid COVID-19: the 2020 CFL season won’t start before the beginning of July.
“That would be a conversation that we will continue to have with all those that are interested in having that conversation, whether it be with the CFL or other sporting leagues,” Saskatchewan premier Scott Moe said.
The number of total COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan was 331 as of Thursday, April 23, 2020 with four people passing away from the virus. Mosaic Stadium seats 33,350 and packing the building could cause massive clusters and the number of infections to spike.
“Where there’s shouting, singing, laughing, crying, hugging or other close contact,” Dr. Saqib Shahab, Saskatchewan’s chief medical health officer, said, “we already know transmission happens very quickly.”