Blue Jays granted exemption to train in Toronto

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TORONTO (AP)All 30 Major League Baseball teams will train at their regular-season ballparks for the pandemic-shortened season after the Toronto Blue Jays received a Canadian federal government exemption on Thursday to work out at Rogers Centre.

Toronto will move camp from its spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida., where players reported for intake testing. Before this week, several players and staff in Dunedin had tested positive for the virus.

This exemption does not cover the regular season and player travel between the U.S. and Canada.

MLB required an exemption to a requirement that anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days. The U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21, two or three days before opening day.

”While no final decision has been made on a site for Blue Jays regular season home games, the club’s preference remains Rogers Centre,” the team said in a statement.

”The team continues to pursue this option with the health and safety of the general public and the team at the forefront. The Blue Jays will communicate updates about the regular season as information becomes available.”

Federal and local health authorities in Canada approved a plan for the NHL to play in either Toronto or Edmonton, Alberta, but the plan does not involve travel back between the U.S. and Canada. The NHL is selecting hub cities – most likely two – where all the teams will play..

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