On Wednesday, Reuters and other outlets noted that the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut declared that visitors from areas hit particularly hard by coronavirus spikes and outbreaks, such as those coming from Florida, must self-quarantine for 14 days.
New York Mets and New York Yankees players won't be subject to those rules.
Luis Ferre-Sadurni of The New York Times tweeted that players entering New York from high-infection areas won't be asked to quarantine, but will instead follow safety protocols implemented by MLB and the New York State Health Department.
.@NYGovCuomo says baseball players coming for Spring Training from Florida won't be subject to the quarantine.— Luis Ferré-Sadurní (@luisferre) June 24, 2020
The DOH is working out health/safety protocols with the MLB.
I asked specifically about Florida, but I take his answer applied to all players coming from states with high infection rates. https://t.co/vSjQbMaYdU— Luis Ferré-Sadurní (@luisferre) June 24, 2020
This is in line with a joint statement released by the Mets and Yankees after members from the clubs spoke with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Joint statement with the New York Yankees: pic.twitter.com/ecDiUi5zxK— New York Mets (@Mets) June 24, 2020
Last month, both New York teams planned to send players back to Florida for spring training 2.0 sessions to prepare for what became a 60-game regular season amid the uncontrolled virus outbreak. However, growing coronavirus cases throughout the state, rising COVID-19 fears, and outbreaks among franchises such as the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater and the Tampa Bay Lightning forced the league to shift training camps to in-market home ballparks.
Spring training is scheduled to resume no later than July 1.