The Canadian federal government has approved a travel exemption for the final two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs, allowing teams to cross the Canada-US border without having to do a full quarantine. CBC’s David Cochrane was the first to report the news.
Under the new rules, players on Canadian teams will be allowed to travel, but will have to live in a modified bubble and will not have access to the general public. The bubble will only include the team hotel and the arena, and there will be no use of shared facilities. Canada shortened the quarantine period for players from 14 days to just seven in late March, prior to the NHL trade deadline.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Canadian immigration minister Marco Mendicino said “incoming players and club personnel from the (United States) to (Canada) will be subject to pre and post-arrival daily testing. Furthermore, they will be required to quarantine at pre-approved hotels and arenas.”
The two remaining teams in Canada – Winnipeg and Montreal – have recently allowed a limited quantity of fans to attend home games. The Toronto Maple Leafs allowed 550 fully vaccinated healthcare workers in the team’s Game 7 loss to Montreal last week.