This year, the Blue Jays started the season staying in Dunedin, their spring training home, to begin the regular season. On June 1, they moved again to Buffalo, where they modernized the stadium for the needs of the major leagues.
The Blue Jays are scheduled to play 37 home games from July 30 to the end of the regular season.
Last month, Canada granted border travel exemptions for the final two rounds of the NHL playoffs. Although the Canada-U.S. Border remains closed for non-essential travel, MLS teams from Toronto and Montreal returned home last week after federal officials recently eased restrictions on pandemic borders. They allowed some fully vaccinated travelers, including foreign professional athletes with work permits, to enter without a 14-day quarantine as long as they complied with tests before and after arrival.
Quarantine rules, however, still applied to travelers who were not fully vaccinated. And not all MLB players and staff are vaccinated. At the end of June, the MLB and the players’ union said 85% of people in key categories of players and staff had been vaccinated. But even then, teams with high vaccination rates faced virus issues, including the Yankees, who are facing their second severe outbreak as the team hit the 85 percent threshold.