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MLB Close Training Facilities Following Positive COVID-19 Tests

Canada open to MLB in Toronto but MLB has not submitted plan

The Jays closed their Florida facilities last Friday, issuing a statement that said: "The Toronto Blue Jays confirm that personnel at the club's Spring Training facilities in Dunedin, FL, have undergone testing for COVID-19, after a player presented symptoms consistent with those of the virus".

Anna Maddison, a spokeswoman for the Public Health Agency of Canada, said Wednesday the restart plan is being reviewed.

According to The Canadian Press via CBC, the news about the positive tests has been provided by a source who spoke anonymously.

Due to public health and travel restrictions, the Blue Jays must receive permission from the Canadian government to play games in Toronto.

Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, said he has read an Major League Baseball proposal but it "doesn't mention anything about travel to Canada at this time".

On Tuesday, MLB issued a 60-game schedule beginning July 23 and 24 in empty ballparks as the league tries to push forward amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Several players and staff members on the Toronto Blue Jays have tested positive for COVID-19, a source has told The Canadian Press.

Major League Baseball chose to shut down all Spring Training facilities in Florida and Arizona on Saturday after five Philadelphia Phillies and one Houston Astros player tested positive.

The positive tests all stem from last Friday when the organization shut down both Dunedin Stadium and its training complex after a player was tested and found to have contracted COVID-19. Most teams intend to work out in their regular-season ballparks.

Canada has waived the 14-day quarantine for Vancouver, Edmonton or Toronto being a potential National Hockey League hub city, agreeing to a cohort quarantine where teams stay in an essential bubble during the Stanley Cup tournament. The person confirmed the test results to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because there was no official announcement, but did not specify a number.

At the time, the team said an unnamed player had tested positive for the virus, but didn't go into detail. "It's a total disaster and it's most of a disaster in the South and West. Baseball players are included in that disaster", Morris said.

But the official said the government had not received a proposal from Major League Baseball. Toronto was 12-6 in pre-season play this year before spring training was stopped in mid-March.

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