The Blue Jays are a huge step closer to playing some of their shortened baseball season here in Canada….if they want to.
Doug Ford says after speaking with federal, provincial, and city (Toronto) health officials, his government has cleared the team to play their 30 home games of the 60 game season at the Rogers Centre.
“I look forward to seeing them play, even if it’s in an empty stadium,” Ford said Thursday. “I think we need a little bit more sports back.”
Ford also says he’s looking forward to the return of NHL hockey and “can’t wait to see the Leafs win the Stanley Cup.”
Although they’ve been given clearance to play in Toronto, the Jays haven’t officially decided where they’ll play their home games this season.
They could choose to play their games south of the border, where they wouldn’t have to quarantine the way they would in Canada.
Because the plan would involve multiple crossings of the Canada-U.S. border both by the Blue Jays and by visiting teams, the final say on whether the plan can go ahead rests with the federal government.
Canada currently requires individuals to quarantine for 14 days after crossing the international border.