Sportsnet journalist Chris Johnston is reporting that the Tampa Bay Lightning have reopened their training base and that players can return to training on a voluntary basis.
On June 19, the club suspended training due to an outbreak of coronavirus. The disease was detected in three hockey players and two employees of the team. The Lightning announced their positive tests on Friday, the same day Florida reported 3,822 new cases of the coronavirus, a one-day record.
The #TBLightning have reopened their training facilities to players for voluntary Phase 2 workouts.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 24, 2020
“With a significant rise in cases in the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County and the State of Florida we are imploring everyone in the Bay Area, especially young people, to help slow the spread of this pandemic by diligently following the recommendations of the government officials by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and continuing to wash their hands regularly,” BriseBois said in a statement. “We need to work together as a community to slow the spread.”
It was previously reported that after the start of group training, a total of 11 cases of coronavirus infection were detected in NHL players.
Training camps officially open on July 10, with playoffs beginning on July 31.