NHL, NHLPA issue updates to COVID-19 protocol

The NHLPA and NHL have announced updates to their COVID-19 Protocol, coming into effect immediately following the club's last game before All-Star break.

NHL, NHLPA issue updates to COVID-19 protocol

NEW YORK/TORONTO (Jan. 31, 2022) The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today updates to their COVID‑19 Protocol.

The attached revised Protocol combines the changes that have been made since the start of the season, and incorporates new changes to the most recently issued “enhanced measures” and testing requirements, including (without limitation) the following:

  • Recommendation to receive booster vaccine(s) as they become available.
  • Removal of “enhanced measures” and reverting instead to the start-of-season Protocol, except where otherwise specified.
  • Updated recommendations for type of masks and steps to reduce community exposure.
  • Removal of the requirement to test daily (i.e., “for-cause” testing only) for Fully Vaccinated individuals.
  • Removal of the requirement to test close contacts.

Updated requirements for in-arena family spaces, game presentation and on-ice ceremonies.

This revised Protocol will come into effect for each Club immediately following that Club’s last game before the All-Star break. As expressly noted in the revised Protocol, compliance with all applicable regulations imposed by local, state/provincial and federal health authorities still is required, including, specifically, if they are more stringent than imposed by the revised Protocol.