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MLB Tightening Up Safety Protocols – Violators Could Be Suspended for the Rest of the Season

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Having seen firsthand how quickly the novel coronavirus spreads once it gets into a big league clubhouse, and desperate not to see its season shut down by multiple outbreaks on multiple teams at once, Major League Baseball and the Players Association have agreed on the fly to significant changes to the health and safety protocols this year.

Masking protocols have been updated to include everyone, at all times, except for players actually playing on the field. So everyone else in the dugout? Masked. Everyone going to and from the ballpark? Masked. Anything you do outside of your hotel room or your house? Masked. This is pretty critical to reducing the risk of spread within a clubhouse, because we know that masks are primarily about the wearer not spreading anything to everyone else – so if everyone is wearing everywhere except the field (where transmission risk is very low), then then chances that an asymptomatic carrier spreads it to a bunch of guys without knowing *should* be very low.

Among the biggest changes: if you violate the protocols repeatedly, you can be suspended for the rest of the season. MLB clearly wants that part of the message to be heard far and wide by the players and personnel.

Here’s more from Jared Diamond and Jesse Rogers:



Author: Brett Taylor

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