National Hockey League players allowed to go home, isolate until end of March

National Hockey League players allowed to go home, isolate until end of March

National Hockey League players allowed to go home, isolate until end of March

Players are still asked to self quarantine until the end of March, but they have been permitted to travel home, even if that means flying outside North America, if flights are available.

The National Hockey League and NHL Players' Association sent out separate memos Monday detailing the new directive, which comes on the heels of the CDC's recommendation the USA not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The new directives come on the heels of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation against gatherings of 50 or more people in the USA for the next eight weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic.

As well, the National Hockey League said it will consider opening team facilities after that self-quarantine period, according to Johnston, to allow players to begin working out in small groups - depending on how the COVID-19 situation develops here and overseas.

The NHL's 2019-20 season has been suspended for almost a week, with the decision to halt play coming last Wednesday. "Nobody knows how long the hiatus may be". How many might return home is unknown.

Initially, players had been instructed to remain in the city where their team is based, although exceptions were made at first for players whose families were located elsewhere.

The clarification comes after teams continued to move players between the AHL and NHL early Monday, despite league play being halted in an effort to limit the spread of the virus. Bettman said he remained optimistic about resuming and still awarding the Stanley Cup, which has only not been handed out twice since 1893: 1919 during the Spanish flu outbreak and 2005 because of a lockout.

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