#BREAKING – The Associated Press reports the Blue Jays have been denied Canadian government approval to play games in Toronto amid pandemic.
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The federal government has said it’s not OK for the Blue Jays to play ball in Toronto during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ottawa informed the team of the decision on Saturday, citing concerns over the public health risks associated with Major League Baseball’s plan for a 60-game season.
“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,” Marco Mendicino, minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, said in a statement. “As a result, Canada will not be issuing a National Interest Exemption for the MLB’s regular season at this time.”
Mendicino said the government is willing to restart plans if the Blue Jays make the playoffs and the risk of the virus spreading has diminished.
Canada’s deputy chief public health officer, Dr. Howard Njoo, may have foreshadowed this decision on Friday when he voiced concerns about the frequent travel at a public health briefing.
“The teams – and the Blue Jays included – would be, during the regular season, traveling back and forth across the international border. And that, I think, is an issue,” Njoo said.
The rejection means the Blue Jays will have to find an alternative stadium for home games. The team’s home opener is scheduled for July 29 against the Washington Nationals.
One option is to play in Sahlen Field in Buffalo, N.Y., which would eliminate the need for cross-border travel. The Blue Jays were already planning to have one of their minor league teams play there.
Njoo said the team initially wanted players to be able to live in their condos or in-season residences and be part of the community. The revised proposal mandated the Blue Jays and visiting teams stay in a hotel connected to Rogers Centre, as the Toronto club is currently doing during training camp.
It doesn’t really matter. You’re not going to the games anyway. It’s just going to be unfriendly for the players and not playing games here will end up putting the Blue Jays at an increased risk of infection but that about it.
Playing in Buffalo is a great option. They have to upgrade the lighting system but watching games without MLB sightlines will have an old school feel on TV and if they broadcast in black and white from behind home plate, it’ll feel like watching a game in the ’40s or ’50s.
I get the decision but if players follow our guidelines wouldn’t the cross border travel to and from the Rogers center in players are housed in the Marriott which is IN the Rogers Center? And isn’t it going to be next to impossible to find a place to live/play with hygienic accommodations fit with what they’ve already retrofit the Rogers Center with?
If the Canadian government is trying to prevent the Red Sox from starting an outbreak in Toronto, it seems like a pointless fucking decision.
The Blue Jays have LOTS of time to find a place to play. The season starts in Tampa in six days and they’re supposed to play their first home series on the 29’th in eleven.
Should be plenty of time to figure things out.