(New York) Major League players, field staff, and non-player personnel who need to interact with these groups in stadiums must wear electronic tracking bracelets from the start of camps.
They are also exposed to disciplinary measures in the event of violations.
Players will be encouraged to get vaccinated but will not be required to do so.
This is part of the enhanced health protocols, agreed between the MLB and its players, to deal with the pandemic.
The 108-page manual, approved Monday night and obtained by The Associated Press, adds to the 101-page version used during the shortened 2020 season.
“Everyone involved should wear a Kinexon contact tracing device at all times in club facilities and during club-led travel and during team activities, including group training,” the manual says.
“Failure to repeatedly wear the devices or return devices to the Kinexon device docking station may lead to disciplinary action,” the manual states.
Handbook says violations of MLB or club codes of conduct or home quarantine “are subject to potential disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, suspension or forfeiture of wages. for days spent away from the club while in isolation or quarantine resulting from the violation. ”
“The COVID-19 vaccination will be voluntary for all players. However, both MLB and MLBPA will strongly encourage players to get the vaccine when the time is right, ”the manual states.
It also reads that “the parties, in consultation with their respective medical experts, will in good faith consider relaxing these protocols at the league, team and / or individual level”… (in the as) it is safe and appropriate to do so ”, when enough players are immune.
Teams have extended the use of seven-inning doubles programs and a runner on second at the start of extra innings.
The number of active players will be 26 from the first regular game to August 31 and 28 for the remainder of the regular season.
Each team can travel with up to five players from the reserve team abroad; if all five are used, one must be a player designated before the season as a receiver.
Reserve team players must return to the alternate training site after each trip.
MLB and the Players’ Association spent around $ 35 million on COVID-19 testing and rules last year.
Players will undergo PCR testing for a second consecutive season, mostly via saliva samples, but with a provision for nasal swabs.
Occasionally blood samples will be taken for serology or rapid antibody testing. PCR testing will take place at least every other day starting with spring training and will continue as long as a player’s team is in the playoffs, if applicable.
There will be daily screening for temperature and symptoms.
Spring training begins Feb. 17 in Florida and Arizona.
Players, field staff and non-playing staff who need to have access to it cannot, during camps, season or post-season go to dining rooms of restaurants, bars , fitness centers, casinos or any indoor gathering of 10 or more people.
Unless previously authorized by the team’s compliance officer, any person covered by the plan may not meet, while traveling, anyone outside the group of travelers, except for outdoor meetings with family and members of the hearth.
The camps will be divided into three phases. Practice will be limited to individuals and small groups until February 20, large groups and intra-team matches will be permitted from February 21 to 26, and preseason games will be held from February 27 or 28.
Matches against college teams are prohibited and until March 13, matches can be reduced to five or seven innings, if both managers agree.
Any spring training match can end in a tie.
Players will be allowed to drive their own cars rather than taking team buses, to promote social distancing.