With COVID-19 still being prominent in the United States, safety precautions will still be in effect until further notice for the 2021 MLB season. These requirements, of course, include wearing a mask, social distancing, and continuing to test players regularly.
Now, Major League Baseball is giving teams more of an incentive to encourage their players to get vaccinated for the time being.
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) March 29, 2021
The league states that if each team has at least 85% of their players and/or staff vaccinated, they will no longer need to wear masks while in the dugout or in the bullpen. Additionally, players won’t need to follow the social distance mandate that has been enforced as closely. This means they can have more close encounters, such as gatherings outside of games and carpooling.
In essence, a return to normalcy… or something closer to it.
However, it is important to mention that the league will not force players to get vaccinated. Each person will still have a choice in whether or not they want the vaccine. The goal is to allow the league to bring back amenities and give players more freedom, but not forcefully so.
For Dodgers fans, as the State of California pushes more vaccines out to eligible recipients, restrictions will begin to decrease. Whether it is for teams specifically or guests at stadiums, there will likely be a cutback in safety precautions.
For now, this is just the beginning of getting things back to normal. These arrangements will evolve throughout the season.