Vancouver’s NHL hub city plan: Quarantine for playoffs, no families and lots of testing

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A plan approved by B.C.’s top doctor ensures NHL teams would be in “bubbles” for the entire time they would be in Vancouver, should the city be selected as a “hub city” when professional hockey resumes.

The families of players would not be with the team, and extensive COVID-19 testing would occur multiple times a day.

According to Dr. Bonnie Henry the plan, which has not been released publicly, requires NHL players and officials to remain separated from the public for the entirety of playoffs.

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Dr. Henry has signed off the plan, created by the Vancouver Canucks, and is asking the federal government to consider allowing a modification to the 14-day quarantine that would allow for players to stay isolated together in hotels, team buses and at arenas.

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“Teams would have no contact with the public, no spectators and no families,” Dr. Henry said on Thursday.

“So it is the concept that I have said meets our criteria — teams that are in small pods of less than 50, that are in what we will call a household bubble. So it would be very similar to someone coming back to a household in B.C.”

The NHL has raised concerns about the mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone entering Canada from outside the country.

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