The Toronto Blue Jays may finally be heading home in the not-so distant future.
Canada’s deputy chief public health officer said that the Blue Jays return to their ballpark in Toronto is “trending in a very good direction”. The Blue Jays have played their home games in Dunedin, Florida and Buffalo, New York while the United States-Canada border remains closed for nonessential travel.
The team has applied for an exemption and health official Dr. Howard Njoo, said that there has been “a lot of good back-and-forth” between the Blue Jays organization and the government over the application.
There is no timetable as to when an official announcement will be made.
“We’re looking at, I would say, last details,” Njoo said (h/t ESPN). “But at this point I would say there aren’t any showstoppers or anything that we really can’t continue to discuss and move forward on.
“So I can’t give you a date in terms of when a possible decision would be made for the NIE or national interest exemption, but I would say that in terms of the discussions from a public health perspective, they’ve been going very well.”
A team spokesperson said the club continues to work with the federal government hoping for a return to the Rogers Centre on July 30th.