The province has refused a suggestion that tonight’s game 7 between the Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens be open to fully vaccinated healthcare workers. The suggestion came from multiple calls on the After 9 Podcast, and by Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, and from countless users on social media to allow overworked healthcare workers, who have received both doses of vaccine the opportunity to watch history tonight at Scotiabank Arena in person. On Saturday the Bell Centre allowed 2,500 fans in their building to watch game 6. The Ontario government has denied this request and tonight’s game will once again be played without any fans in attendance. Ontario is under a stay-at-home order until Wednesday.
An Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Tourism, Culture and Sport spokesperson said it was just not possible for Monday. “The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health reviewed and approved the NHL’s return-to-play plan for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators. The return-to-play plan includes rigorous health and safety protocols developed to ensure the safety of players, staff, their families, and the community,” Dakota Braiser told CTV News Toronto. “At this time, no spectators are allowed to attend games in-person.” “The province will continue to follow the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, other health experts and local public health to determine when and if it is safe for measures to be lifted based off the Roadmap to Reopen.”
It’s time we thank our healthcare heroes & essential workers.
I’m asking Ontario’s Medical Officer of Health to allow 2,500 fully vaccinated essential workers to attend game 7 of the Leafs v Habs series.#GoLeafsGo #Hockey4Heroes sign the petition at https://t.co/KiJf17ariB pic.twitter.com/UQuVw8hoTd
— Patrick Brown (@patrickbrownont) May 30, 2021
I remember you said this on our podcast… what a great thing this woulda been for Toronto. Infuriating https://t.co/OHQcL5geZN
— Shawn Desman (@DaRealSD) May 30, 2021
Story: The Canadian Press with files from CP24 / CTV
Photo Credit: CPAC via YouTube screenshot