The league, along with the NHL Player's Association, are aiming to begin the start of the qualifying round August 1.
According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, players will be able to opt-out of either the camp phase or the game phase of the resumption without penalties. Sportsnet has reported that Eastern Conference teams will play in Toronto and Western Conference teams will play in Edmonton.
Players may be just days away from the start of training camps, which would be followed by games in the qualifying and seeding rounds ahead of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs. Barring any setback related to Covid-19, the Stanley Cup will be awarded during the first week of October.
The new CBA was seen as a critical aspect of the "Return To Play Plan", due to the economic uncertainty from the COVID-19 shutdown and its impact on next season's revenues as well. They're advised to stay at home as much as possible and to avoid unnecessary interactions with non-family members. Even though the current CBA was due to run through September 2022, a negotiated extension was needed with the National Hockey League set to lose more than a $1-billion for the 2019-20 season and even more than that in a 2020-21 campaign that will likely be played in buildings at less than full capacity because of COVID-related restrictions.
That's a 5.8 per cent positive-test rate.
The NHL says 35 players in total have tested positive for the novel coronavirus over roughly the past month. Neither side would comment publicly until voting takes place this week, requiring a two-thirds majority of the board of governors and a majority of the more than 700 of the players association, though most key details were already leaked. During Phase 3, the agreed-upon protocols state, "Testing of asymptomatic players and club personnel must be done in the context of excess testing capacity so as not to deprive health care workers, vulnerable populations and symptomatic individuals from necessary diagnostic tests".
Like the voluntary workouts that have been ongoing at team facilities, social distancing, face coverings and cleaning/disinfecting remain priorities in camp and during games.