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No Canada: The Blue Jays Are Not Allowed To Play In Canada!

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No Canada: The Blue Jays Are Not Allowed To Play In Canada!:Β Β Recently, the health officials in Canada denied the Toronto Blue Jays to play in Canada for the upcoming baseball tournament due to the surge of Coronavirus pandemic in the USA.

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Let us get into the details as to why the Canadian government denied them access to play.

No Games For The Jays!

Due to the surge of the global pandemic in the USA, several international flights, as well as travels, are cancelled. However, with the forthcoming Major League Basketball i-e the MLB games, the Canadian government is taking the health protocols seriously.

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Nonetheless, the government recently declined the Toronto Blue Jays the permit to come in Canada and play as the cases in the US are increasing in an hourly manner.

On Saturday Marco Mendicino, the minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, said:

“Based on the best available public health advice, we have concluded the cross border travel required for MLB regular-season play would not adequately protect Canadians’ health and safety. As a result, Canada will not be issuing a National Interest Exemption for MLB’s regular at this time.”

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Blue Jays Respect The Decision

Fortunately, the Toronto Blue Jays’ president and CEO respect Canadian governments decision.

Blue Jays letter

Mark Shapiro, Blue Jays’ President said:

“Though our team will not be playing home games at Rogers Centre this summer, our players will take the field for 2020 season with the same pride and passion representative of an entire nation. We cannot wait until the day comes that we can play in front of our fans again on Canadian soil. The club is in the process of finalizing the best home location for the remainder of the 2020 season and will share an update as soon as it is available.”

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Canada’s COVID Update

The MLB rules were modified after the advent of Coronavirus Pandemic. However, MLB needed an exemption to a requirement that anyone entering Canada for non-essential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days.

The US- Canada border remains closed to non-essential travels until 21st August. Earlier, the city officials cleared Blue Jays, but they were awaiting the Canadian federal government’s decision who denied it.
Moreover, the Canadian government is been able to flatten the curve because of the sacrifices the Canadians made. Additionally, if there are international entries, especially from America, it will risk the health protocols.


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