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Blue Jays to train at Rogers Centre; continue push to play season there

Toronto Blue JaysThe Toronto Blue Jays will open summer camp at Rogers Centre and isolate players at the attached Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel, going directly to the ballpark for workouts.

According to a team press release, players and club personnel are currently undergoing intake screening in Dunedin, FL, where they will board private charter flights to Toronto this weekend. Only those that test negative for COVID-19 during the intake process will be permitted to join the traveling party to Canada.

Once there, they will enter what the team is calling a “cohort quarantine environment” at Rogers Centre and the adjoining hotel. The plan, as approved by government and public health approval at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels, calls for players and club personnel to enter a closed environment at Rogers Centre, isolated from the general public.

Though it’s not been approved or rejected, the Blue Jays are hoping to use this same plan for regular season home games at Rogers Centre.

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