MLB may shut down all spring training sites for coronavirus cleaning
With three spring training sites closing Friday due to coronavirus-related issues, MLB was strongly considering shutting all 30 facilities again to cleanse them and then establish a testing protocol when players return, The Post has learned.
The Phillies and Blue Jays in Western Florida and the Giants in Arizona closed their camps in response to either personnel contracting the virus or showing symptoms. The Phillies acknowledged that eight employees had come down with coronavirus since Tuesday, including five players.
Players had been allowed to return to their team’s spring training facilities or home stadiums in recent weeks to work out with the help of limited personnel. Each team created protocols. But without an agreement between MLB and the Players Association, there has been no singular policy established for all teams and no testing regimens for the virus.
In addition, Arizona and Florida — which houses all 30 team’s spring sites — have become particular hotbeds for the virus in the last week, with case numbers soaring.
MLB was considering a reset in all spring camps in which they would be cleansed. Then the league was mulling putting in place what is in its health/safety protocol to restart the season: That any team personnel who wants to use the facility would have to take a test and be shown to be negative before using the complex, and then test every other day thereafter.
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