Showers and spitting off limits as MLB eyes safe return to games

Major League Baseball players will not be allowed to take showers after games and there will be no punching or sunflower seed spitting celebrations in the shelter, according to return guidelines in the game written by league officials.

The new restrictions, which must be approved by the players’ union, would also strengthen social distancing, meaning there are no hugs or high fives after a home run, and a ban on chewing tobacco, US media reported on Saturday.

Players would go through daily temperature exams and had to sanitize their hands every half-round. MLB plans to perform thousands of tests on players, coaches, management and stadium staff for Covid-19 on a weekly basis.

Showers would not be allowed in the stadium after matches.

MLB believe the 67-page return-to-play rules would prevent the spread of Covid-19 as the league hopes to start a shortened 2020 season in early July, The Athletic reported.

Players not in the roster should sit in social distanced auxiliary seats, not in the dugout. Non-playing team personnel should wear face masks in the shelter.

Most of the core staff on the team would be tested for the coronavirus more than once a week, as would their family members.

Anyone who tested positive would be immediately quarantined. (AFP)

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