'Very challenging' for sports to meet public safety demands, says health minister
As professional sports continue plotting potential returns to play, one major hurdle will be doing so in a way that meets public health requirements in every province or state that hosts games.
On Monday, Ontario began outlining some of those requirements, including the need for a "consistent two-to-four week decrease in the number of new daily COVID-19 cases," said Premier Doug Ford.
"I don't believe when sports come back they're gonna come back with a full stadium anywhere in North America. I think there'll be empty stadiums at the beginning," Ford said.
However, containing the virus even within an environment that only includes players and essential staff will also prove difficult, according to federal health minister Patty Hajdu.
"There is a high degree of contact and a high degree of exhalation and a high degree of, sort of, potential of droplets, if you will. Spit and all kinds of stuff, you know, entering each others bodies and that makes that particular sector very challenging," Hajdu said.