CFL will not allow unvaccinated players to participate in Grey Cup playoffs

The Canadian Football League has made a decision regarding unvaccinated players and 2021 post-season games.

TSN reporter Dave Naylor has the detailsThe CFL has decided that players who can’t travel with their teams to the East or West Division Finals or Grey Cup because of the federal vaccine travel mandate will not be allowed to play. They will be placed on suspended list and not paid.

The two division finals and Grey Cup are the only games affected by the federal ban on unvaccinated air and rail travellers that goes into effect Nov. 30th.

The CFL’s ban on individual road travel to road games has a strong element of safety. League does not want players driving to and from road games in December.

Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in August that he wishes he could mandate that players get vaccinated, but is unable to due to the league’s collective bargaining agreement. Ambrosie had stated the league was operating under “informed guidance” that charter flights won’t be exempt from the ban.

As per the CFL’s coronavirus policy: if a team can prove that 85 per cent of its players under contract have been vaccinated, at least once and preferably fully, the athletes will receive their salary for a cancelled game. If a franchise falls below the 85 percent threshold, the entire team will not receive its salary.

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