“Certainly, in fact I expect more, because we are far away,” club president Mario Cecchini said of the 2,500 spectators currently accepted into the Habs knockout games. I don’t want to start from the argument, but I don’t think Mr (François) Legault and Public Health are aiming for exceptions. I think if they opened in one place, they would want to open everywhere, and that’s a bit of what (Health Minister) Christian Dube (Minister of Health) said (Monday). With tennis, Formula 1, and CF Montreal, we have the huge advantage of being away from home.
“All we learned from the science is that obviously being outdoors, with natural ventilation, makes a huge difference. So we totally expect that.”
However, Cecchini has full confidence in the public health of Quebec, which is well aware of the Montreal Football Club’s plans.
“Our health protocols were introduced in April, when we were in a very cautious situation, with a minimum number of people on site,” Cecchini explained. I’m very confident, because in my current conversations with Public Health, I promised a minimum of 2,500 spectators in August. (…) Public Health has reassured me on this point and I expect an escalation depending on the development of the health situation this summer. I expect that in the fall, when everyone receives two doses and players are subject to very strict protocol, there will be no interest in welcoming more spectators.”
At work day 14
Although the CFL season kicks off on Thursday, August 5, the Alouettes season will begin in Alberta nine days later, with the team agreeing to spend this first week of activities on a holiday week. The Alouettes will play their first game on Saturday, August 14th against the Edmonton Elks at 7 PM EST.
These will be Alberta’s first two consecutive games as the Alois face the Calgary Stampeders on Friday, August 20, before the Hamilton host the Tigers at Percival-Molson Stadium a week later.
Accordingly, the training camp will start on July 10 with medical examinations. Coach Harry Jones’ first training will take place the next day.
This means that the Aloets will bring their US players back from July 2, subject to mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Canada.
“Players will be required to undergo a seven-day quarantine (as in the NHL) at the hotel upon arrival, and will also be required to undergo a home quarantine before heading to Canada,” Cecchini explained. Players will be tested before leaving the United States and will be tested four more times during quarantine.”
CFL teams will not have pre-season games and will play a 14-match schedule over 16 weeks. The play-offs will take place from November 28 to December 12 with the 108th Gray Cup Final presented at Tim Hortons in Hamilton.
In addition to the opening week, Aloyt will be suspended for the sixth week of activities, so they will complete their season with a 10-game streak in several weeks, including five of their last seven games in Montreal.