Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League has halted all games until further notice based on B.C. public health officer orders and information from B.C. Hockey. Pictured here, action between Nanaimo and Campbell River from last March. (News Bulletin file)

VIJHL, Nanaimo Buccaneers hit pause on season due to COVID-19 orders

All games postponed beginning Nov. 21, says hockey league

  • Nov. 21, 2020 12:00 a.m.

With recent COVID-19 restrictions from B.C.’s provincial health officer, Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League has opted to hit the pause button on the 2020-21 regular season.

Dr. Bonnie Henry recently instituted measures intended to curb rising COVID-19 numbers, including mandatory masks in public indoor and retail spaces and expansion of restrictions related to social gatherings and interactions, travel and group physical activities. That, in addition to information from B.C. Hockey has led to the league postponing all games beginning today, Nov. 21, the VIJHL said on its website.

The league will evaluate the situation and resume play when it receives direction, it said.

The league previously postponed games from Nov. 12-14 in its North Division, where the Nanaimo Buccaneers play, due to confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district.

The Buccaneers were slated to play the Oceanside Generals tonight at Oceanside Place.

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