CFL, players’ association putting final touches on league’s return to play protocols

The CFL league office and players’ association are about to submit their joint return to play documents to provincial governments.

TSN’s Dave Naylor reports the paperwork is being finalized.

The CFL and CFLPA are putting final touches on the league’s return-to-play protocol for staging games in 2021. (Does not address the issue of fan attendance, which will be dealt with separately.) RTP protocol will be rolled-out to provinces for approval in the near future.

The CFL unveiled its 2021 schedule back in November with the pre-season scheduled to begin on Sunday, May 23, while the regular season is slated to get underway on Thursday, June 10. The CFL and union began meetings during the second week of February regarding the development of a return-to-play plan for the 2021 season.

“We’re going to play a full season. But we’re also going to have the ability to be flexible and that’s the other side of this. You have to be adaptable and flexible according to whatever circumstances come our way,” commissioner Randy Ambrosie told Postmedia’s Dan Barnes.

“So we are full throttle on our plans for a full season but every element of every dimension of the plan is being reviewed through the lens of how will we be able to adapt to the circumstances that we find at the time when decisions need to be made.”

While the NHL received the go-ahead from the Public Health Agency of Canada for teams to play in their home arenas, the same guidelines weren’t yet been requested by the CFL in January. That was according to an exclusive statement obtained by 3DownNation insider Justin Dunk.

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