While the NHL’s main focus is on returning to action, at some point and in some way, that day won’t be coming any time soon. The Associate Press reports that the league is extending its recommended period of self-isolation for players and staff during this ongoing epidemic. Team facilities and organized activities will remain off-limits until April 6.
This change presents a ten day increase over the initial quarantine recommendation that the league made, which would have been set to end on March 27. The move resulted from opinions from both the board of governors and general managers, who held conference calls over the past two days. It also aligns more closely with the recommendations of federal and state health officials.
Meanwhile, there is still no word on when the league will resume its season and in what manner. The NHL has previously stated that they will wait for guidance from health officials before making that move and this isolation extension is certainly a signal that the resumption of play is not coming soon. Yet, the league hopes to still play out the regular season and postseason, if at all possible, while still maintaining a full 2020-21 campaign.