Edmonton Oilers current plan to re-admit followers to video games
The Edmonton Oilers believe they can safely accommodate fans at Rogers Place again and have proposed a plan to Alberta Health.
If approved, the Oilers would be the first team in Canada to welcome fans back to NHL games since the pandemic shut down last year.
“We have been in regular contact with Alberta Health on all aspects of our operations since the pandemic began,” Tim Shipton, Oilers senior vice president, Communications and Government Relations, told Daily Hive.
Shipton pointed to the success Edmonton has hosted during the pandemic, which includes the bubble for the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs and the 2021 World Junior Championship, as well as improved health and safety protocols for Oilers’ home games this season.
“We are continuing this dialogue regarding returning to the fans at Rogers Place. We believe we can host fans in Rogers Place as safely as anywhere else in the world based on our track record and expertise. We also gained knowledge and best practices by talking to many other venues that have opened up to fans from across the NHL and professional sports.
“But we will only move the plan forward in partnership with Alberta Health because they will ultimately have to sign the plan.
“We don’t set a schedule for the fans to return and we’re not going to rush this process. This must be done safely and in accordance with all public health measures and best practices to combat COVID-19. “
More and more teams south of the border have started welcoming fans back to the ice rinks this season. According to Stephen Whyno, a total of 16 of the NHL’s 24 American-based teams are currently allowing their fans to play or plan to play games with limited capacity this month. All teams have increased health and safety protocols that allow fans, with spectators wearing masks and requiring seating at a distance.
The Vegas Golden Knights again welcomed fans to their game on Monday, with 2,605 people (15% capacity) attending the game.
Good morning Golden Knights fans!
There will be real people sitting in these seats tonight !! pic.twitter.com/c96n40PhuK
– Jesse Granger (@JesseGranger_) March 1, 2021
COVID-19 has killed 527,794 Americans to date, including 568 people in the last day. However, they are further ahead of Canada in their vaccination efforts, with 76 million doses administered, reaching 15.3% of the US population.