BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) — Buffalo baseball fans hoping to attend as many Toronto Blue Jays games at Sahlen Field should keep a close eye on what’s happening on the border between the United States and Canada.
The border is currently closed to non-essential traffic, and Jays CEO Mark Shapiro says the situation presents “significant challenges” for a club trying to figure out how to return home.
“It’s not an easy task,” Shapiro said on Tuesday. “It’s not impossible. But it’s not an easy task.”
Shapiro said it would take 3-4 weeks for Jays to physically return to Toronto after getting the OK from the government.
The Blue Jays played their first game in 2021 at Sahlen Field on Tuesday night. beat the Miami Marlins 5-1 In front of 5,321 fans. Currently, they are scheduled to play home matches in Buffalo starting July 4.
Jamie Feigl, a Buffalo immigration attorney who lives in southern Ontario, says there is “a huge feeling” among Ontario residents to open the border back. It is currently closed till June 21, although the shutdown has been extended on a month-to-month basis.
“People are looking at how America is dealing with the pandemic and how they are reopening,” Feigl said. “I think it’s giving Canadians a sense of anxiety and worry.”
Feigl suggested that the quarantine requirements for international travelers are the biggest issue for the Blue Jays, who are the only one of the 30 MLB teams to make home in Canada.
“If they removed the Quarantine Act, I believe 90% of the issues they had would be over,” she said. “But then they have to see, ‘What if Canadians can’t come to see them.
Shapiro also addressed Tuesday.
“We want to go home,” said the club president. “I think that’s the pervasive sentiment. The desire to go back to Toronto would be one that we would feel really good about. But it’s hard to answer that hypothetical because we haven’t had that conversation with our players yet.” .
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