As Major League Baseball slowly inches closer to the beginning of the regular season, an important procedure for all players involved is remaining safe and smart when they are not at the ballpark. With the coronavirus pandemic still a major threat to the sport and the public, teams are stressing the importance of remaining in safe environments.
While staying healthy for their teammates and family is enough for every player to make the right decisions, the Toronto Blue Jays may have another reason to not break away from the designated safe areas.
According to TSN's Scott Mitchell, players could face a fine up to $750,000 and jail time as a maximum punishment if they are outside places they are allowed to be.
Here is what’s going to keep #BlueJays players in their stadium/hotel bubble this summer:— Scott Mitchell (@ScottyMitchTSN) July 10, 2020
Per multiple sources, players have been told penalty if seen outside ballpark is $750,000 fine and potential jail time.
To be clear, this report does not mean that the players will definitively face this punishment if they break quarantine. The consequences above are the maximum sentence a person could face. Additionally, this is not a regulation that was created by the Blue Jays. It is part of a Canadian Federal Government Act known as the Quarantine Act.
The Act relates to personnel who have re-entered the country, as they are then required to complete a 14-day quarantine. Because the Blue Jays will be consistently traveling to the United States for games, they fall into this category every time they travel back to Toronto.
The Nationals travel to Toronto for their first road series of the season on July 29-30, immediately after playing the Blue Jays in Washington D.C. The Baltimore Orioles travel to Toronto twice, playing the Blue Jays at the end of August and then again to close out the season in September.
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