NHL Changing League Wide COVID Protocols

The NHL is making changes to their COVID protocols as Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff was first to report on Tuesday. The new guidelines go into effect after the All-Star game in early February, including adjustment to the required testing policies. 

The league will stop testing asymptomatic players and staff members for COVID. Of course, the NHL needs to see a decline in daily cases over the next couple of weeks, but it sounds like their planning for some positive steps which is a great sign.

Back in December the implementation of daily testing took place as the Omicron variant ripped through the league at a rapid pace and the scheduling nightmare begun. With the lowered isolation period in place now as well, it feels like while the season may get pushed back 7-10 days, it's not going to be in jeopardy. 

Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi is the NHL's only un-vaccinated player against COVID-19.

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