Unvaccinated players who miss team activities will be suspended, according to COVID-19 protocols put in place by the National Hockey League (NHL) and its players’ association finalized on Thursday.
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At least that’s what Sportsnet reporter Elliott Friedman said. Players who will not be able to travel due to local health restrictions will be deprived of their salary for each day they are away.
However, exceptions are foreseen. Thus, players who have not been inoculated for medical reasons or religious beliefs are exempt. Those who have contracted the disease in the course of hockey-related activities or who are placed in preventive quarantine will not suffer any loss of wages.
Vaccinated players will also get more freedoms throughout the season. They will be tested for the disease at least every 72 hours, while those who have chosen not to be vaccinated will be tested daily.
Athletes who did not receive the needle will also be in isolation on the road, unable to visit any location other than their hotel room, arena or training centers. They will not be able to invite anyone, other than fully vaccinated family members, to their hotel room.
In addition, all employees who will be in contact with members of the teams’ hockey departments, including the players, must necessarily be vaccinated.