(Toronto) Ontario Premier Doug Ford said no decision has yet been made to allow the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs to play their games at home, while the province is preparing to place itself in strict containment and that the number of positive COVID-19 diagnoses continues to increase.
The NHL and the NHL Players Association announced over the weekend that the league wants to kick off a 56-game regular schedule on January 13, 2021.
The plan for the Bettman Tour is to bring together the seven Canadian teams in a new northern section for the 2020-21 season, due to the closure of the Canada-U.S. Border and travel restrictions imposed by governments.
Public health officials in the five provinces where these clubs operate – Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia – have yet to give the green light to the plan.
The lockdown announced Monday in Ontario will be in effect from Saturday and will continue until January 23, 2021 in the south of the province, while the restrictions will be lifted as of January 9 in the northern portion of it.
The NHL wants its teams to play their home games in their respective arenas, but is prepared to present them in one or more “neutral places”, if necessary.