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The NHL plans to punish unvaccinated players more severely if they test positive for the coronavirus as part of new protocols for next season.
Teams can suspend non-vaccinated players without pay if they cannot participate in hockey activities as part of the protocols, according to a person familiar with the new rules. The person spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Friday because the protocols have not been made public.
Players who are fully vaccinated will receive any COVID-19 positives treated as hockey injuries and will continue to be paid. Coaches and other team staff who interact closely with players must be fully vaccinated.
The movements of unvaccinated players will be restricted when they are on the road. There will still be regular coronavirus testing for vaccinated players.
League officials have estimated that between 90 and 95 percent of players have been fully vaccinated or will be present before training camps begin later this month. The season starts on October 12th.
The teams were informed this week of the 2021-22 rules, which were first reported by Sportsnet. It is not yet clear how crossing the border between the United States and Canada will affect the season.
The NHL reorganized last season to take limits out of the equation until late in the playoffs. Only the seven Canada-based teams faced each other, and the 24 teams in the United States played the 56-game schedule in the division only.
When the Montreal Canadiens faced Vegas and Tampa Bay in the last two rounds, players and staff traveling back and forth were placed in a quarantine bubble when they were in Montreal, as part of an agreement with the Canadian government.
The NHL held the 2020 full playoffs in bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton, due to low virus case rates in those cities at the time.
What’s happening all over Canada
What is happening around the world
As of Friday, more than 219 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The reported global death toll has reached more than 4.5 million.
in a Asia, South Korea will extend coronavirus restrictions in the greater Seoul area for at least another month as the nation grapples with its worst surge. In addition, officials say they will reduce occupancy on trains and passenger ships during the Chuseok holiday, the Korean version of Thanksgiving, which falls on September 21.
in a AfricaSouth African Health Minister Joe Vahla said the government will allow companies to decide whether to make vaccinations mandatory for employees and customers. He says the government plans to encourage people to get vaccinated, with incentives such as allowing football matches and concerts for vaccinated people.
In the Americas, US employers added just 235,000 jobs in August, a modest gain after two months of strong hiring at a time when the spread of the delta variable has discouraged some people from traveling, shopping and dining out. The August job gains that the government announced on Friday were well below the big gains in June and July of about 1 million a month.
in a EuropeDanish Health Minister Magnus Heonick said residents of nursing homes will receive their third COVID-19 vaccine, starting next week. The government acted on the recommendation of the Danish Health Authority, which says that “revaccination of residents of nursing homes begins now, as they are at increased risk of contracting a dangerous course of COVID-19”.
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