Federal government to grant NHL players special 7-day quarantine rules ahead of trade deadline

The Canadian government is changing it’s stringent quarantine rules for international travel in order to help out NHL teams at the trade deadline, raising the question of what cross-border exemptions might be made for CFL players.

CBC News’ David Cochrane was the first to report that the news on Twitter, writing:

“The federal government is poised to approve a 7 day quarantine with extra testing for NHL players traded from American teams to Canadian teams before the April 12th trade deadline according to a federal government source.”

According to the report, those measures have already been rubber-stamped by the provinces.

With the federal government bending over backwards to accommodate the needs of NHL team, many in the CFL community will wonder if they can expect similar exemption whenever training camps finally open.

The CFL in closely monitor the progression of the NHL season, including their efforts to get fans into arenas. The Oilers recently submitted a proposal for fans to attend games at Rogers Place in the Alberta Capital, the Canadiens have followed suite and last week, Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena became the first sports and entertainment venue in Canada to receive the WELL health and safety approval.

Easing of quarantine requirements won’t be as massive as fan attendance, but the precedent set could make the start of CFL training camp run much smoother.

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