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The NHL and NHLPA sent out a lengthy Phase 2 protocol memo to teams and players on Monday. The memo details the plan to reopen team facilities and allow small group workouts.
"Based on the current information available, we are now targeting a date in early June for a transition to Phase 2," the memo reads. "However, it has not yet been determined when precisely Phase 2 will start or how long it may last. We are continuing to monitor developments in each of the club’s markets, and may adjust the overall timing if appropriate, following discussion with all relevant parties."
The memo outlines how teams can safely return to practice facilities and the protocols players and staff must follow to do so. It adds that participation during this phase is strictly voluntary, and players outside of their home cities are not yet required to return.
Players may need to serve a 14-day quarantine upon arrival in their club's city. If they traveled via airplane or train, it will be mandatory to isolate. Players from teams who are sheltering in proximity to another team's facility may request access to that facility to train.
Phase 2 will allow a maximum of six players in a practice facility at one time, and no coaches or personnel will be allowed on the ice with them. Players will need to wear face coverings at all times - other than while exercising or on the ice - when entering or leaving the facility and while inside where social distancing cannot be maintained.
When it comes to testing players and staff during Phase 2, the NHL will do so as long as tests are available.
"As an over-riding principle, testing of asymptomatic players and club personnel must be done in the context of excess testing capacity, so as to not deprive health care workers, vulnerable populations, and symptomatic individuals from necessary diagnostic tests."
Players and staff will be given a COVID-19 nasal swab test two days before the commencement of Phase 2, and will be tested two times per week afterward, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston. They must also self-administer temperature and symptom checks daily.
There was no mention of Phase 3 (training camp) and Phase 4 (return to play) in the memo.