NHL News : Boston Bruins announce team vaccination rate

Boston Bruins announce team vaccination rate

The Bruins are now the 5th NHL team to make such an announcement.

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We're less than a month away from the 2021-22 NHL Season, and to that end, the Boston Bruins have announced through GM Don Sweeney that they are 100% vaccinated against COVID-19. This includes all individuals in camp, all support staff in contact with players, and the traveling party.

The NHL released new guidelines for their players and staff ahead of the upcoming season. A few notable highlights per Sportsnet: 

• Any player who wishes to opt-out of the 2021-22 season because they are unvaccinated or fully vaccinated “but can establish that an immediate family member with whom he shares a household is at substantially heightened risk of severe illness by contracting COVID-19” can opt-out by Oct. 1. The team in question will then have 30 days to decide if the player’s contract will be “tolled” (basically rolling it over to 2022-23) or if this season would be removed from the agreement. Anyone opting out would not be able to play in another league or the Olympics.

• Fully vaccinated players shall be subject to PCR testing at least every 72 hours. That guideline could change depending on how things progress. Unvaccinated players will be tested daily.

• There are stiff rules for unvaccinated players. On the road, they cannot enter “internal venues” other than the team hotel, practice facility, or game arena. They are not allowed to use the hotel gym, pool, sauna, steam room or other shared facilities. They are not allowed to have teammates, team staff or visitors inside their hotel room, with the exception of fully-vaccinated family. They are not allowed to leave the hotel to eat (or purchase food) or use any restaurants/bars (in or out of the hotel) that are open to the public. They can’t pick up food except where the restaurant provides curbside pickup (or similar service) that does not require entrance to the main restaurant.

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