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Melnyk hoping province will allow 6,000 fans at Sens' games this season

The franchise owner understands it may not happen during the NHL's shortened 2021 season, but says he's put forward a plan covering health and safety protocols.
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, in a video posted online by the team on Monday, September 10, 2018. Photo/ Ottawa Senators

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."


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