COVID-19: California, New York, open door for the return of sports
California Governor Gavin Newsom paved the way for the possible return of professional sports in the state, and said Monday a restart in early June was possible under strict guidelines, including fans.
Closed for almost two months by the novel coronavirus Outbreak, the NBA, NHL, MLS and MLB are working on scenarios to restart their seasons, but any plan has taken into account the guidelines and restrictions of the state pandemic in large gatherings.
Sports events, pro sports In that first week of June more or less without spectators and very prospective modifications and conditions could also begin to move forward, Newsom said during his daily press conference on Monday.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo also green lighted the return of major sports in his state on Monday, saying that he has asked teams to prepare to reopen without fans.
New York State will help those major sports franchises do just that, Cuomo said during his daily press conference at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo.
Hockey, basketball, baseball, soccer, anyone who can reopen, we are a ready, willing and capable partner.
After a two month shutdown, professional sports slowly began to re-emerge from under the COVID-19 cloud over the weekend, as various events returned to television, all without the attendance of fans.
After an Ultimate Fighting Championship card streamed live from an empty stadium in Jacksonville, Florida, sport-starved fans had the option Sunday of NASCAR's return to racing at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, a game of fur from charity with great golfers Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson and the professional bull.
The NBA and MLS have opened training facilities for volunteer training under strict guidelines, while MLB is working on a plan to return to the field in the first week of July.