The Montreal Canadiens and CF Montreal will be allowed to increase their capacity to 100% in accordance with Quebec’s latest health guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The provincial health minister announced Thursday that capacity restrictions on “venues with allocated seats,” which include the Canadiens Bell Center and CF Montreal’s Saputo Stadium, were lifted on October 10. 8th.
All fans must be fully vaccinated and wear masks indoors.
Last week, the NHL said it expected 30 of the 32 home teams to be able to operate at full capacity, with only the Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks not yet licensed. That leaves Vancouver as the only team in the league still waiting for the green light from local health officials.
The decision comes in time for the start of the NHL regular season. The Habs will play their home opener in October. 16 against the New York Rangers.
That same day, CF Montreal will take advantage of its full capacity for the first time since the return of Major League Soccer in the midst of the pandemic. The club, formerly known as the Impact, will host the Philadelphia Union.
“CF Montreal is delighted with the latest directives announced by Quebec health authorities on Thursday afternoon, which will allow the club to play its remaining matches at Stade Saputo at full capacity, starting October 8,” the club said in a statement. communicated.
– Field level media