CFL Could See Quarantine Rules Similar To What NHL Utilizes
Canada's chief public health officer said that the federal government is in talks with the CFL about "applying quarantine rules to returning American players that are similar to the cohort approach used by the NHL," according to the CP. Dr. Theresa Tam said that the NHL's set of protocols, which "includes the concept of teams entering quarantine together, is being discussed with the CFL." The CFL, which "employs many American players who would need to cross the border, has approved Winnipeg as a hub city should a shortened 2020 season take place." Under the Manitoba provincial government plan, CFL players and coaches "would be in a bubble consisting of hotels, practice fields and a stadium." Players would have to "isolate at home for 14 days prior to departing for Winnipeg, be tested for the novel coronavirus upon their arrival then go into quarantine for another seven days." A quarantine plan is "not the only hurdle the CFL faces." The league "needs to secure financial assistance from the federal government," and the CFL and CFLPA "need to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement, for a shortened season to get the green light" (CP, 7/28).