Hockey players return home

MONTREAL, QC - APRIL 03: A scuffle breaks out between members of the Winnipeg Jets and the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on April 3, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Winnipeg Jets defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

UNDATED (AP) – NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.

This signals a significant update on the league’s potential timeline to resume the season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last week the season was on pause and did not provide more specifics on how long that would last.

Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction. The new directive comes in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation the U.S. not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.