Just two weeks in to the CFL season, it appears change is on the horizon for the CFL’s extensive COVID protocols.
Details remain scarce, but TSN insider Farhan Lalji reports that the current policy will be amended at the end of this week.
“There are some changes expected next week regarding COVID-related restrictions for fully vaccinated CFL players & staff. Teams will be provided with details over the weekend. The league has been working with government towards a loosening of restrictions after Week 2 games.”
Unlike the NFL, current CFL restrictions don’t take into account the vaccination status of a player or overall rates on the team.
The CFL and CFLPA have been engaged in discussions to loosen protocol since players arrived in Canada for training camp. A number of players who have decided to retire or not play in 2021 have cited the current restrictions as a factor in their decision.
Claire Hanna of CTV Regina reported last month that players and coaches will not be permitted to socialize with anyone outside of their household until August 15 at the earliest. On road trips, players will not be allowed to visit restaurants or bars and will be permitted only to travel on team-arranged transportation.
A full list of the restrictions currently facing players and coaches was obtained by 3DownNation and can be found here.