City of Toronto to Cancel Public Events Until June 30

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Yonge Street seen almost empty during the Monday morning rush hour due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on March 16, 2020. Canadians have been urged to work from home and many offices and business have closed and temporarily shut down laying off employees until further notice in a bid to delay or prevent the community spread of COVID-19. Canada announced today that it is closing its borders to most foreigners to slow spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Creative Touch Imaging Ltd./NurPhoto via Getty Images)

City of Toronto Cancels Public Events until June 30

The City of Toronto will cancel all public events from March 31 until June 30 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This is according to Tom Harrington of the CBC Tuesday afternoon.

The Ripple Effect

It looks like this will affect all sporting events within the city limits of Toronto. This ban comes similarly to one made by the Governor of Illinois banning all public events until the end of April. The Toronto Blue Jays will not be directly affected, but they could play games to empty stadiums. For Major League Baseball, this potentially means that some Toronto Blue Jays home games could move to alternate venues. There is no word yet on whether the City of Toronto will allow the Blue Jays to play in empty stadiums.

With Major League Baseball postponing the season back on March 12, along with the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer, today’s decision by Toronto City Council could make them re-assess their eventual return date.

What This Means for the Blue Jays

Regardless, this decision from the Toronto City Council has impacted the fan experience for sports fans in and around the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). This likely would close any pre-game, outdoor viewing parties or post-game events in Toronto.

It’s unclear whether Toronto’s City Council will reverse this decision should the threat of COVID-19 lessen in the coming weeks. Currently, there are 1,673 known active cases of COVID-19 in the province of Ontario. Canadians have been told to socially distance from one another and limit the number of people in gatherings. While it is uncertain how long the quarantine will last in Ontario, the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to pay their staff during the unfortunate times.

No one from the Toronto Blue Jays or Major League Baseball has commented on the mayor’s decree yet.

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