Impact says return to be determined by MLS, public-health authorities


Montreal Impact president Kevin Gilmore speaks during a news conference. (Graham Hughes/CP)

The Montreal Impact have not ruled out playing MLS matches before Aug. 31 following the Quebec government’s directive on Friday requesting the cancellation of all sporting and cultural events until that date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement released on Friday, the team said that the Ministry of Tourism specified that the request wasn’t addressed to professional sports leagues, and that returning to activities will be determined alongside MLS and public-health authorities.

Here’s the Impact’s full statement.

The Montreal Impact has been made aware this afternoon of the government of Quebec’s request to cancel all events scheduled until August 31, 2020. However, the Ministry of Tourism specified that this request is not addressed to professional sports leagues. Our return to play and the resumption of activities for the 2020 season will be dictated by MLS, along with public health authorities. The Impact continues to monitor the situation very closely daily, in order to protect the health of its supporters, players, staff, and partners.

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