The Fraser Valley Bandits and the CEBL recorded zero positive COVID-19 results prior to starting play on Saturday.

The Fraser Valley Bandits and the CEBL recorded zero positive COVID-19 results prior to starting play on Saturday.

Zero positive COVID-19 cases for CEBL players, staff

Abbotsford’s Fraser Valley Bandits one of seven teams competing at CEBL Summer Series in Ontario

Abbotsford’s Fraser Valley Bandits returned to action on Sunday with a win, but not before all staff and players were tested for the COVID-19 virus earlier this month in St. Catharines, Ont.

According to John Lashway, the Canadian Elite Basketball League’s executive vice-president of communications, approximately 200 tests of players and staff from the July 13 testing period saw zero positive cases.

Six of the seven teams in the CEBL are staying at a hotel in the Ontario city, with the Ottawa Blackjacks staying elsewhere.

Players and staff are all housed at the unidentified hotel, and are training at a nearby YMCA. Those locations, and the arena the Meridian Centre, are designated safe zones for the players, along with team and league staff. Outsiders are not permitted to attend any of those locations.

Unlike other major professional sports leagues attempting to launch a season during the pandemic, CEBL players are not being forbidden from leaving their safe zones.

The Bandits return to action on Tuesday against the Saskatchewan Rattlers. Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m.

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