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The Toronto Blue Jays baseball workforce will not be enjoying in Toronto this common season after the Canadian authorities rejected a plan for the workforce to host house video games there.
Due to the danger of spreading the coronavirus, the federal government mentioned, it will not be secure for the workforce and opposing Major League Baseball groups to journey forwards and backwards between the U.S. and Canada.
“Based on the best-available public health advice, we have concluded the cross-border travel required for MLB regular season play would not adequately protect Canadians’ health and safety,” Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino mentioned in a statement Saturday.
Nonessential journey between the 2 international locations has been restricted since March, and restrictions have been prolonged by way of not less than most of August. Most individuals who do cross the border are required to quarantine for 14 days afterward.
The authorities mentioned it will not grant the workforce an exemption to these restrictions.
Blue Jays President and CEO Mark Shapiro mentioned in a statement that the workforce “completely respects the federal government’s decision.”
“Though our team will not be playing home games at Rogers Centre this summer, our players will take the field for the 2020 season with the same pride and passion representative of an entire nation,” he mentioned. “We cannot wait until the day comes that we can play in front of our fans again on Canadian soil.”
Toronto’s metropolis authorities and Ontario had already given approval for the Blue Jays to play on their house discipline, the Rogers Centre, in downtown Toronto. An earlier proposal concerned opposing groups staying inside a “bubble” of the Rogers Centre and the resort subsequent to it.
The federal authorities had already granted the workforce an exemption for preseason coaching on the Rogers Centre beneath the situation that members needed to stay remoted on the discipline and adjoining services.
The different 29 MLB groups are all scheduled to play of their house stadiums, with out spectators, for a 60-game season starting on July 23.
The Blue Jays’ season opener is on July 24 in opposition to the Tampa Bay Rays in Florida. Their house opener was initially scheduled for July 29 in opposition to the Washington Nationals.
The workforce additionally has a coaching facility in Dunedin, Fla., and can both host its common season house video games there or in Buffalo, N.Y., the Toronto Star reported.
The Canadian authorities mentioned it stays “open to considering future restart plans for the post-season should the risk of virus transmission diminish.”