Why MLB, NFL can return in Florida amid coronavirus pandemic

Why MLB, NFL can return in Florida amid coronavirus pandemic

MLB suspended its season because of the coronavirus pandemic.AP More than a week ago, President Donald Trump told the commissioners of North America’s major professional sports leagues that he wants fans back in the stands as early as August. Trump also said he wants the NFL season to start on time in September, despite the coronavirus pandemic. Among the plans being considered by MLB is one which splits the league based on the location of teams’ spring training facilities, with some playing in Arizona (Cactus League) and the rest in Florida (Grapefruit League). The return of MLB and the NFL could be closer to reality than you think, thanks to the state of Florida . A memo circulated by Jared Moskowitz, state coordinating officer for the Florida Division of Emergency Management, has decreed that sports are to be considered “essential services” for the purpose of the executive order on the COVID-19 public health emergency. The memo says that people who are allowed to work during the pandemic include “Employees at a professional sports and media production with a national audience — including any athletes, entertainers, production team, executive team, media team and any others necessary to facilitate including services supporting such production — only if the location is closed to the general public.” The first to take advantage of sports’ “essential” status was the WWE, which produced and aired “Monday Night Raw” from its Orlando training center. None of this should come as any surprise, since Florida Gov. Rick DeSantis has been among the slowest in the nation to respond to the growing healthcare crisis caused by COVID-19. If you would like updates on New Jersey-specific coronavirus news, subscribe to our Coronavirus in N.J. newsletter . Tell us your coronavirus stories , whether it’s a news tip, a topic […]

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