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Quebec government says all future games at Bell Centre must be played in empty arena

The province banned all events of over 250 people as the NHL finalizes their plans.

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The Quebec government and Premier Francois Legault has said that if the NHL does not suspend their season, all future Montreal Canadiens games at the Bell Centre will be played in front of an empty arena for the foreseeable future.

Of course, the NHL is expected to suspend their season later today regardless, one day after the NBA did the same. The Quebec ban applies to all public indoor events over 250 people.

The Canadiens are scheduled to play the Buffalo Sabres at the Bell Centre on Thursday. Both the Canadiens and Rocket cancelled their morning practices. Their game scheduled in San Jose for March 19 was already going to be played in front of an empty arena.