The NHL anticipates 30 of its 32 arenas will open at 100% capability for the 2021-22 season, in accordance with a memo circulated to groups this week.
As a consequence of COVID-19 restrictions, the Montreal Canadiens are anticipated to open at 33% capability, or round 7,500 followers. The Vancouver Canucks will open at lower than capability, too. Whereas the proportion has but to be decided, the NHL initially estimated it could possibly be at 50%.
The NHL anticipates the Toronto Maple Leafs will likely be at full capability this season. At the moment, the workforce is simply allowed 9,500 followers (50%) at Scotiabank Area for its preseason recreation in opposition to Ottawa this weekend, in accordance with the Toronto Star.
The memo additionally broke down the present vaccine and testing mandates for followers coming into NHL arenas this season. As of this week, 10 of the league’s 32 arenas will solely permit vaccinated followers to attend video games: The Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, San Jose Sharks, Seattle Kraken, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets.
Eight groups will permit both proof of vaccination or a unfavourable COVID check: The Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues.
The memo lists 14 groups that do not require a vaccination or unfavourable check for followers to attend video games, however a few of these groups have but to agency up their COVID insurance policies.
Based on the memo, 21 groups are at present requiring masks for all followers of their arenas. The Geese are solely requiring masks for unvaccinated followers.
There are 25 groups at present requiring masks for youngsters 12 and beneath. The Geese, Kings, Islanders and Rangers are requiring a masks and a unfavourable COVID check for these younger followers; the Predators are requiring a masks or a unfavourable check.
There are 14 groups that can use a bodily card for proof of vaccination; eight groups that plan on utilizing a cellular app; and 4 groups which might be planning on utilizing the CLEAR biometric ID.