The Blainville-Boisbriand Armada announced that the team will resume its activities next Monday, after being the victim of a COVID-19 outbreak.
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In a statement posted on its website Friday, the formation of the Quebec Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) said the quarantine period for its players and staff was over.
“The team will therefore be able to resume its activities next Monday. Team activities consist of various team practices, study periods and other activities, ”the Armada wrote in its letter.
Last week, we learned that 18 people had been infected with the virus in the entourage of the team. The outbreak at the Armada was the first in the QMJHL. There were also some at the Sherbrooke Phoenix, a formation that had faced that of the Basses-Laurentides before the cases were detected.
“New measures will be put in place to ensure the safety of our players and members of our staff,” the Armada also said. The bubble will be more waterproof and the measurements will be stricter. Public health and the League implemented strict health measures from the start of training camp. The Armada has respected these measures, however, the organization will be doubly careful in ensuring that even stricter measures are put in place. ”
A bubble for the team
The team also clarified that the Sports Rousseau Center of Excellence will be open only for the club in the coming weeks. Other activities cannot take place there, to the chagrin of the population of Boisbriand.
Overall, the QMJHL has decided to postpone all of its scheduled games in Quebec, until October 28. This decision was made because of the second wave of the virus and the number of administrative regions in Quebec that have been placed in the red zone by the government.
“It was important for us to make the right decision and to be proactive with the identification of cities in the red zone and the evolution of the situation. We will continue to work with Public Health and strengthen our return protocol, if necessary. There is nothing wrong with stepping back to come back stronger, ”Commissioner Gilles Courteau indicated on Wednesday during a video conference.