MHL targeting Feb. 2 start date
Change to reporting exposure locations Public Health has changed its approach to manage a significant increase in COVID-19 activity across the province. “Efforts and resources are focused on protecting the most vulnerable Nova Scotians and those in high-risk settings including long-term care, hospitals, shelters and transition houses, corrections facilities and other group living settings,” reads a media release. Public Health says most Nova Scotians who are positive for COVID-19 will identify and contact their close contacts. “As a result, Public Health will no longer have the necessary information to report most exposure sites and locations,” the release reads. “Those that are identified through case management in high-risk settings noted above, will be reported,” it states. The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is widespread in Nova Scotia and the risk of transmission of the virus is high everywhere, Public Health states, saying Nova Scotians should continue to protect themselves and others when visiting any public location by keeping a distance of at least two metres/six feet from others; wearing a well-fitted threelayer mask; washing hands regularly; and staying home and get tested if you have symptoms. With restrictions surrounding sports and recreation in the region, the Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL) is now targeting Feb. 2 to restart the 2021-2022 regular season. The Board of Governors has voted to move from a 52game schedule to 42 games. This decision is due to the amount of time remaining to play the season and playoffs, as well as the dates for both the Fred Page Cup in Summerside and the National Championship. This will remove one home game and one away game for every team against each of their divisional opponents. A revised schedule is in development. Should government restrictions allow for play to resume prior to Feb. 2, the schedule will be adjusted.