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We are less than one month away from opening day. And according to California Governor Gavin Newsom, fans may be permitted to return to baseball games for the start of the season. Fans were allowed in limited capacity in other states during the 2019 regular season, as well as at the Giants’ current spring training games in Arizona.
According to the LA Times, Newsom, while speaking in Long Beach, said the state is, “working very closely” with MLB “on the final details” of a plan which would allow baseball fans to return to the stands in California for the first time since the end of the 2018 season.
“We have confidence that when you look forward to April, to opening day, and where we are likely to be if we all do our jobs, if we don’t let our guard down and spike the ball — wrong sport — then I have all the confidence in the world that fans will be back safely, in a lot of these outdoor venues,” Newsom said.
Per the Times, this would mean allowing fans in limited capacity with amended protocols which would require distancing and mask wearing.
The Giants will begin their season April 1 with a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners, then a three-game series at the San Diego Padres. The team’s first home game is slated for April 9, against the Colorado Rockies.