Stu Cowan: Canadiens video games ought to make COVID-19 curfew a bit simpler

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Quebec’s provincial curfew got here into impact Saturday, from eight p.m. till 5 a.m., and can stay till a minimum of Feb. eight as Premier François Legault and his authorities try to sluggish the unfold of COVID-19.

It’s Canada’s first province-wide COVID-19 curfew.

Nonetheless, the curfew received’t cease the Canadiens from holding their second and ultimate scrimmage of coaching camp at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Bell Sports activities Advanced in Brossard or stop them from taking part in regular-season night time video games on the Bell Centre.

“The folks from the Canadiens have had lengthy discussions with public well being,” Legault stated on Wednesday whereas saying the curfew, noting there might be no followers on the video games and that gamers and personnel might be examined each day and aren’t allowed to go to different folks away from the rink, aside from their households at dwelling.

“I feel Quebecers need to see hockey video games,” Legault added. “It’s completed utterly safely, and so they have the means to pay for that security.”