Pittsburgh Penguins meet the NHL’s new necessities for a completely vaccinated membership – CBS Pittsburgh
By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – This weekend, the NHL and NHLPA updated their COVID-19 guidelines for fully vaccinated teams and eased some restrictions ahead of the playoffs.
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Some quarantine, testing, and social gathering requirements for those who are fully vaccinated are being relaxed.
The NHL estimates that someone will be fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving a definitive dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
For example, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to be quarantined after coming into contact with someone who becomes infected with the virus.
Fully vaccinated people don’t need to be tested as often either, and they can meet up indoors or outdoors with up to eight fully vaccinated people who are not in the tour group and do not need masking or social distancing. However, these gatherings cannot be about eating or drinking out.
In the case of fully vaccinated teams, masks must be worn in public areas before, during and after the game, but they are not required for team meetings.
Teams are considered fully vaccinated when 85% of the people in the group are fully vaccinated.
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Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said the pens would get their second dose on Saturday night and be prepared for these new guidelines.
“Our team is getting its second vaccination shots tonight and will be well above the 85% threshold the league has set to ease some of the COVID-19 restrictions,” Sullivan said on Saturday.
Coach Sullivan on NHL protocol change in the playoffs: “Our team is getting its second vaccination shots tonight and will well exceed the league’s 85% threshold to ease some of the COVID-19 restrictions.”
– Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) May 8, 2021
Anyone involved in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs must comply with local, state, or federal restrictions, according to the NHL. However, when state requirements are less stringent than those of the NHL, individuals and teams are expected to follow the league’s guidelines. The guidelines are subject to change depending on the input from health professionals.
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The penguins go strong in the playoffs. They beat the Buffalo Sabers 1-0 on Saturday for their last regular game of the season and won the MassMutual East Division for the first time since 2014.