Fans in the stands for tonight’s Game Seven between Leafs and Canadiens

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment picking up the tab for 550 fully vaccinated health care workers

Premier Doug Ford has announced that 550 health care workers will be allowed to attend tonight’s Game Seven matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens.

“Following discussions with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Toronto Public Health and hospital partners, I am happy to announce that they have signed off on allowing 550 fully vaccinated frontline health care workers, including hospital and long-term care staff, to be invited to attend Game 7 of the series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Arena tonight.”

With these health care workers having received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks ago, and with precautionary measures in place like screening, masking, distancing, enhanced cleaning and crowd control, public health officials are confident these special fans can be placed in the stands safely and with minimal risk.

“Every single day our health care workers put their lives on the line to help others. This small token of appreciation doesn’t measure up to the sacrifices they’ve made during COVID-19, but it is an opportunity for us to recognize their heroic efforts to keep each and every one of us safe.”

Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment is covering the cost of allowing workers to attend the game and will provide jerseys to each of them.

The last time the Leafs and Canadiens played in a Game Seven was in 1964. The Leafs won it, 3-1. However, their recent history in Game Sevens has not been good, losing three times to the Bruins in Boston. Their home record in this situation is 7-1. The most victory was against the Ottawa Senators in 2004. The lone loss was to the Los Angeles Kings in 1993.

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