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MLB shuts down all spring training facilities for cleaning and disinfecting

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TAMPA, FL - MARCH 13: A general view of Steinbrenner Field on March 13, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Major League Baseball is suspending Spring Training and delaying the start of the regular season by at least two weeks due to the ongoing threat of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

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Major League Baseball has decided to immediately shut down all spring training facilities in Arizona and Florida for disinfecting and cleaning. Once they reopen, no one will be admitted to the facilities unless they test negative for COVID-19.

The move comes the day after at least eight people at the Phillies camp in Clearwater, Florida tested positive for COVID-19 and after the Blue Jays closed down their spring training facility in nearby Dunedin, Florida after a player began exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. The NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning likewise closed down their arena following positive COVID tests. At least twenty-three players on Clemson University’s football team have tested positive as well.

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