Anthony Fauci: MLB could play with fans in stands

By Greg Joyce | New York Post

There is a potential avenue for MLB to have a season that includes some fans in its stadiums this year, albeit not nearly at full capacity, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Just don’t bet on it, the country’s top expert on infectious diseases told YES Network’s Jack Curry on Monday.

Fauci reiterated that MLB’s idea of having a shortened season with games played in one or a handful of cities without any fans and with strict guidelines is a more feasible way to play during the coronavirus pandemic. But another version of the plan could limit the number of fans in a stadium, seat them spread out to observe social distancing rules and make sure they are wearing masks, Fauci said.

“That is possible,” Fauci told Curry on an episode of “Yes We’re Here.” “But as you said, and I affirm what I have been saying, it’s going to be the virus that determines what the timetable is. Because if we get the virus under really good control and certain regions of the country can get gradually from the gateway to the phase one to the phase two to the phase three, it is conceivable that you may be able to have some baseball with people practicing physical separation. Namely, you don’t pack a stadium.


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