Canadian government approves changed quarantine for CFL players

The federal government has approved a plan that allows CFL players and staff to return to Canada without undergoing a full 14-day quarantine.

Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said in a statement on Wednesday that the government approved the plan after reviewing it with local and provincial health officials.

Players and staff must spend seven days in isolation before arriving in Canada, and then isolate for an additional seven days at a designated hotel upon arrival.

They will also have to take several PCR tests before entering the country and while in quarantine at the hotel, and if all the tests come back negative, players will move on to another seven-day period where they can train with teammates but can not have contact with the public.

Each team will have a designated compliance officer, and anyone who breaks the rules will be removed from the training camp, have their exemption revoked, and will be required to complete the standard 14-day quarantine. The federal government says failure to comply with health and safety protocols set out in CFL’s plan could also result in fines, contract terminations and loss of drafts.

CFL canceled its 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but training camps for the 2021 campaign have opened on July 10 with the season starting on August 5.

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