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Blue Jays still uncertain if they will be able to play in Canada this season

The Blue Jays are starting testing of players at their Florida spring training facility. They still don’t know if they’ll be able to return to Toronto for the 2020 season.

General view of the ball park during a Grapefruit League spring training game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves at TD Ballpark on February 24, 2020 in Dunedin, Florida. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The Toronto Blue Jays are flying their players to Dunedin, Florida to begin Covid-19 testing while they figure out next steps for their summer training camp. The team announced that once testing and isolation is completed, the team will either board a charter flight to Toronto for training under a modified quarantine, or they will remain in Florida for training.

The Canadian government has been working with the Blue Jays and MLB to figure out how to play baseball while working through the pandemic. Canada instituted a 14-day quarantine for anybody without Covid-19 symptoms traveling into Canada. That would preclude any kind of baseball happening, but the government has been willing to consider alternatives. Nothing is finalized yet, and until a decision is made, the Blue Jays remain in limbo.

MLB players are reporting to facilities this week to conduct Covid-19 testing in advance of opening spring training. Those who test negative will likely start camp later this week, while those who test positive will be isolated and then eventually returned to the rest of the team.