No fans allowed at Montreal Canadiens games after latest restrictions

The Montreal Canadiens will once again play in empty arenas.

The Quebec government today announced sweeping new restrictions after reporting 4,571 new cases of COVID-19 – the highest tally on record in the province.

These restrictions banned fans from all professional and amateur sporting events starting at 5 p.m. ET today.

Montreal became the first NHL team to host a closed-door game this season on Thursday, at the request of Quebec health officials. Saturday’s home game against the Boston Bruins has been postponed entirely.

On Sunday, the NHL postponed all cross-border games until the Christmas break, which includes all games on the schedule for Canadian NHL teams. Today the league announced that the Canadiens will be “on hiatus” from all team activity until at least December 26.

The NHL still tries to play games, despite the Omicron variant causing outbreaks in a number of teams. Four of the five games on tonight’s schedule are postponed, while six of tomorrow’s 10 games will also be played at a later date.

The postponements are fueling speculation that the NHL will skip the Olympics in February because it will have too many games to postpone.

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