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MLB Cracks Down on COVID-19 Safety Rules

Rob Manfred
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred answers questions at a press conference during MLB baseball owners meetings, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

After a rocky start to MLB’s shortened season, the league is tightening COVID-19 protocols.

Players and staff must now wear face coverings at all times, including in the dugouts and bullpens. Players on the field don’t have to.

The changes come after 21 games had to be postponed in the first two weeks of the season because of coronavirus outbreaks.

If players or teams don’t follow the new safety mandates, they could be banned from the rest of the season and postseason.

Other new coronavirus policies: There must be empty rows between players and staff on team buses and no getting up and moving around on airplanes.

Will these measures work to keep the season going?