Canada’s deputy chief of public well being says the preliminary well being and security protocols proposed for the upcoming phrase junior hockey championship in Edmonton look “promising.”

“We have been engaged in ongoing discussions with Hockey Canada and all of the related companions, together with public well being officers from the province of Alberta,” Dr. Howard Njoo instructed reporters Tuesday. “I believe the proposals and what’s been put ahead to us at the moment seems to be very promising. It seems to be superb.

Njoo stated the “bubble” idea deliberate for the occasion, the place gamers and group workers are remoted from most of the people and followers usually are not permitted to attend video games in an effort to stem the unfold of COVID-19, has seen confirmed success within the NHL and NBA.

Edmonton was one of many bubble cities when the NHL’s 2019-20 season resumed Aug. 1 after a months-long hiatus as a result of pandemic. No optimistic assessments have been recorded through the NHL’s post-season in Edmonton and Toronto.

“Definitely the teachings discovered, the expertise Alberta had as a result of they’d one of many hub cities for the NHL playoffs, will definitely serve them in good stead,” Njoo stated. “So at this level we’re nonetheless trying on the proposals, however I can say from a technical public well being viewpoint it seems to be good.”

Canada’s Akil Thomas scores the game-winning objective within the gold medal recreation on the World Junior Hockey Championships on Jan. 5, 2020 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The 2021 world junior hockey championship will probably be performed at Rogers Place in Edmonton with no followers in attendance through the COVID-19 pandemic. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

Nonetheless, Njoo stated public well being officers are nonetheless trying on the proposals and “loads can occur” between now and the beginning of the match subsequent month.

“Folks acknowledge that there’s nonetheless that unknown issue by way of what the scenario will probably be like in Canada at the moment,”
he stated.

The world junior championship is scheduled to run Dec. 25 by means of Jan. 5. Canada’s choice started Tuesday in Purple Deer, Alta., and is scheduled to run till Dec. 13.

Canada’s worldwide border stays closed, and people coming into the nation are topic to a compulsory 14-day quarantine. NHL groups coming into Canada for the NHL’s restart underwent a modified cohort quarantine, which allowed group members to isolate collectively.

Canada is trying to defend its world junior title at house after successful gold on the 2020 championship within the Czech Republic.


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