Major League Baseball will close all spring training sites in Florida and Arizona for deep cleaning, USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale is reporting.
The decision will take effect immediately and team personnel will not be allowed back into the facilities until they pass a COVID-19 test.
MLB Networks’ Joel Sherman adds that even though MLB and the players’ union have yet to reach a deal on a return-to-play plan, the league hopes to be able to re-open facilities early next week and to be able test everyone entering them every two days.
The Philadelphia Phillies shut their spring complex on Friday after five players tested positive for COVID-19. The Toronto Blue Jays shuttered their site in Dunedin, Fla. — about five miles from the Phillies’ camp in Clearwater — after a player showed symptoms consistent with the virus. And the San Francisco Giants’ facility in Scottsdale, Ariz., was shut after one person who had been to the site and one family member exhibited symptoms Thursday.
Texas closed its camp about 30 miles away in Surprise, saying no one had tested positive but that it wanted to expand testing protocols. The Houston Astros said a player working out at their spring camp in West Palm Beach, Fla., tested positive several days ago and was recovering.
With files from The Associated Press.