COVID-19: NHL teams may suspend non-vaccinated

National Hockey League (NHL) teams will have the opportunity to suspend and fine their players if they are not vaccinated against COVID-19, the Bettman circuit indicated in its protocol for the 2022 season. -2023.

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The NHL asks clubs to continue to follow the recommendations of national public health authorities and intends to remain cautious for the next campaign. The new protocol was issued in connection with the high rate of vaccination and the latest developments, but also the meteoric rise in cases from December 2021 to February 2022.

The league encourages players to get vaccinated and stay current with their vaccines. Athletes who have not received a dose could be suspended by their team if they are unable to participate in club activities. They should thus lose the equivalent of one day’s salary for each day of absence.

These measures should not be required when a player’s vaccination status is affected by medical reasons or religious beliefs, the Bettman circuit added.

Any positive cases of COVID-19 should be reported to the public or the media, it was ruled. Members of organizations will be required to continue self-isolating if symptomatic and quarantine for a minimum of five days if infected. In case of symptoms that disturb the respiratory system, they will have to submit to a cardiac test.

Like last year, failure to follow the protocol could lead to penalties, which can include abandonment of games, fines and reimbursement of expenses or loss of draft picks.

Clubs will also have to let the league know if they want to impose increased health and safety measures.


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