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COVID, vaccine mandates threaten to disrupt season

COVID, vaccine mandates threaten to disrupt season

Year 3 of COVID figures to be less horrific and haunting than the first two. Vaccines have allowed for a safe loosening of restrictions while impatience and disaffection push us further into unmitigated maskless “normalcy.” But, as tiresome as this fact has become, the pandemic isn’t over. And even as a new MLB labor deal will allow for a full 162-game season, protocols at the sport, city and country level figure to affect a third baseball season in new and disruptive ways.

After two years of COVID-induced nomadic uncertainty, the Blue Jays are back in Toronto for all 81 home games for the first time since 2019. But this puts them on the other side of a Canadian border that requires all visitors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The Canadian government announced that as of Jan. 15, groups that had previously been exempt from this mandate no longer would be. “Professional and amateur athletes” were mentioned explicitly.

The Blue Jays themselves are unaffected by this…

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