For now, this measure would only be for the match on December 16, the club said in a statement. Spectators holding tickets for Thursday’s match will be refunded.
Considering the significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the region, the Montreal Canadiens received a request from Quebec public health, late in the afternoon, to hold the evening game against the Philadelphia Flyers behind closed doors, without supporters in the Bell Centre. We have accepted this request in order to ensure the health and safety of our supporters and our communities. An update on Saturday’s game against the Boston Bruins will be provided tomorrow [vendredi]wrote the Habs in a press release.
The CH managed to curb their losing streak to seven, their longest of the season.
In addition, the Laval Rocket has announced that its match against the Providence Bruins scheduled for Friday evening will take place, but behind closed doors. The team’s next home game is Dec. 29, at which time Place Bell would be at a maximum of 50% capacity.
Measures for amateur sport
As far as amateur sport is concerned, competitions and tournaments will be suspended from Monday, but seasonal matches may continue to be presented. More details are expected on Friday.
Canadiens fans were able to return to the Bell Center for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic on May 28, during the Stanley Cup playoffs. Initially, 2,500 supporters were allowed to attend the meetings, a number which gradually increased in the following months.
Since October 8, the Bell Center had regained its capacity of 21,302 fans.
The Habs explain this time that they have obtained
the assurance that, starting with our January games, we will return to a partial capacity scenario and will be able to receive our fans againbut that more details will follow in the next few days
as the situation of this ever-evolving pandemic becomes clearer.
In an interview Friday on the program Tout un matin, the national director of public health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, specified that all the matches of the Canadian will not necessarily be behind closed doors.
There are ongoing discussions, the doctor said. Our goal is not to make all matches behind closed doors from January. It is not in our intentions. What we are aiming for in these large, well-ventilated rooms is distancing with a capacity reduced to 50%.
The CH also indicated that no case of COVID-19 has been listed at the Bell Center since the start of the pandemic.
In the meantime, we continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated and get their booster shots as soon as possible and to behave responsibly when it comes to social and family gatherings over the holidays. We hope that this rigor and collective effort will ensure that we can come together again in the near future in 2022.concludes the Canadian.
In addition, Yvon Michel assured that the boxing gala scheduled for Friday evening at the same Bell Center will take place as planned.
Artur Beterbiev and Marie-Ève Dicaire are notably on the program.