Lisa MacLeod, Ontario's sport minister, said Wednesday any restaurants approved for NHL teams are not open to the public throughout the stay-at-home order.

Choosing factor to permit NHL teams

Dr. David Williams, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, stated previously this week the league's strict COVID-19 testing policy was a consider the decision to accept potential personal restaurant dining for NHL groups.

" We have a dining area within each hotel that we go to, and that's where the team meals are taking place," Keogh stated. "They're all following the appropriate procedures that the NHL and the province put forward-- correct spacing, you're always sitting at the exact same seats within that dining location. It's not something where the groups can go out for a night out to dine at a specific restaurant."

An NHL spokesperson stated the league is not "planning to loosen up the constraints at this moment in time."

" Many parts of Ontario will wind up being open since next Tuesday so for example if Ottawa, where the Ottawa Senators play out of, is back into the orange category [in the province's constraint list], dining establishments will be open to a maximum of 25 individuals anyway," MacLeod stated.

The stay-at-home order is set to expire Feb. 16 in Ottawa and Feb. 22 in Toronto. " We have a dining space within each hotel that we go to, and that's where the group meals are happening," Keogh said. "They're all following the correct procedures that the province and the nhl put forward-- appropriate spacing, you're always sitting at the same seats within that dining location. The stay-at-home order is set to expire Feb. 16 in Ottawa and Feb. 22 in Toronto.


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