MLB’s opening to its 2020 regular season will be delayed by at least two weeks to comply with guidelines restricting events of more than 50 people, the MLB announced Monday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday recommended that no such gatherings be held for the next eight weeks.
MLB’s announcement came after Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. conducted a conference call with 30 MLB clubs. The MLB opener had originally been scheduled for March 26.
“The Clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins,” the MLB said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor ongoing events and undertake the precautions and best practices recommended by public health experts, and urge all baseball fans to follow suit.”