Yesterday, the province of Ontario announced that Step 2 of the reopening plan would be moved up to Wednesday, June 30th. After a long wait, this means that outdoor baseball games are finally going to be allowed in the PBLO. There is no restriction on league size — meaning teams will be able to play each other freely without a period of quarantine.
In their statement, the Ontario Government listed some requirements and limitations for games to resume:
Outdoor sports without contact or modified to avoid contact, with no specified limit on the number of people or teams participating, with restrictions;
Outdoor sport facilities with spectators permitted at 25 percent capacity;
The facility must actively screen individuals who participate in team sports before they enter the facility.
As mentioned, players and coaches must be pre-screened prior to play, as well as attendance tracking must be done before every event.
Previous COVID-19 safety precautions must also remain in effect in-game, such as social distancing for spectators and players whenever possible. You can read the extended Return to Sport document from Baseball Ontario here.
While the province’s reopening plan is ongoing and ever changing, we will keep constant updates regarding the state of baseball. You can check-up regularly by following our social media accounts @the_pblo so you don’t miss a thing.