Robert: The Blue Jays still without a home, Pennsylvania denies them access to Pittsburgh ballpark
Mere hours after reports circulated that the Toronto Blue Jays would be calling Pittsburgh’s PNC Park home this season, the Pennsylvania Department of Health nixed that plan.
“In recent weeks, we have seen a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in southwestern Pennsylvania,” said Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine. “To add travelers to this region for any reason, including for professional sports events, risks residents, visitors and members of both teams. We know that this virus does not discriminate, and can even make professional athletes very sick. We are committed to protecting the health and well-being of all Pennsylvanians.”
This is the latest development in the Jays’ saga to find a new home field. Over the weekend, the federal Government rejected the league’s return to play plan, citing concerns over the amount of travel in and out of the United States required for players and how this could potentially increase the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak.