Quebec reduces isolation period to five days, helping Canadiens

Players from the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers skate before an empty arena prior to an NHL game in Montreal, Thursday, December 16, 2021. (Graham Hughes/CP)

All NHL teams in Canada can now have players return from isolation in five days if they're asymptomatic after testing positive from COVID-19 following Quebec's announcement on Tuesday.

Quebec became the last province with an NHL team to reduce the isolation period to five from 10 days after a recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States.

The decision should help the Montreal Canadiens, who have paused all team activities through Thursday because of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Capacity rules still remain an issue for the Canadiens, though, with zero fans currently allowed in the Bell Centre under Quebec's guidelines.

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