Eugene Melnyk is hoping to see fans back in the stands at Ottawa Senators' games, maybe as soon as this season.
In a tweet that has since been deleted, Tuesday, January 12, the team owner explains that he has submitted a "robust public safety plan" that will allow 6,000 fans in the Canadian Tire Centre (CTC), as soon as the government gives it the go-ahead.
Melnyk says health protocols at the CTC would range from proper physical distancing, to rapid testing and mask-wearing at all times inside the arena.
The Sens owner also released a statement on his website, which has not been deleted.
"While the reality is it may not happen during this 56-game season with the province of Ontario in lockdown until at least Jan. 23 and the case count of COVID-19 taking almost a daily rise in Ottawa," reads part of the statement. "Melnyk remains optimistic Senators’ faithful will be able to make a safe return when the club gets the green light from health authorities."