The US Center for Disease Control released guidance on Sunday evening that urges “that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.”
If the CDC’s recommendation is enacted, the NHL would not return until the middle fo May.
Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing. When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.
This recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businessesThis recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus. This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials.
Since the NHL announced the “pause” of its season last week, timelines for a restart have been indefinite. Some sort of shortened training camp may be required before competition can resume as well, which would further push back the timeline. Meanwhile, the league is reportedly considering options for alternate playoff formulations should a short-term restart be impossible.
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