Major League Baseball has issued revised coronavirus protocols after outbreaks within two teams put the shortened 60-game season at risk. The league sent a memo to the teams, detailing the new regulations which cover both on and off-field activities.
The biggest change is that all staff and players will be required to wear a mask at all times, except when they are on the field. That includes in the dugout, bullpen, and clubhouse.
While traveling, players will be required to stay in their hotels and must tell a team official if they plan to leave for any reason. That official will determine if the player can leave. All players and staff members must wear a mask at all times while in the hotel and in public places on the road.
The league is hiring monitors to check the hotels and clubhouses to ensure that the new protocols are being followed. Anybody who fails to adhere to the updated guidelines could be suspended.
"We recognize that these changes place additional burdens and restrictions on players and staff," the memo said. "But if we desire to play, they are necessary to limit infections and, if someone does test positive, to keep the virus from spreading. The behavior of every covered individual affects the players and staff on his or her team, and on other clubs as well."
The league has been juggling its schedule after outbreaks on the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals forced the teams to cancel numerous games.
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