NHL Implements Additional COVID-19 Preventative Measures

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NHL Implements Additional COVID-19 Preventative Measures

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With an increasing number of players landing on the NHL’s COVID-19 Protocol list and with three teams currently on temporary shutdown, the NHL is upping its game when it comes to COVID-19 preventative protocols. On Thursday, for example, the league announced which additional measures they’ll be implementing to increase the security and safety of the players, staff, and other team personnel for the remainder of the season.

Some “highlights” of the new measures include:

•   Removing the glass behind the benches to improve air flow during games.
•   Players, coaches, and staff cannot arrive to the arena any earlier than 1 hour and 45 minutes prior to puck drop.
•   Additional space for home and away locker rooms, providing six feet between player stalls.
•   Consideration for a requirement to deploy portable air cleaners with HEPA behind the bench areas.

The league is looking into additional testing for players, staff, and other personnel, according to a report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. Currently, all players are given a PCR test every morning. Rapid tests before games could allow for any potential players with COVID to be detected before stepping on the ice for a game and not having to wait until after the game or the next day to find out the results.

Yeah, I’d say more than one test per day would be good for the league to suppress any chance of spreads and avoid a total league shutdown.

Author: Mario Tirabassi

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.