Welcome back to another edition of Lockdown of the Town! In this segment, we take a look at the latest COVID updates around the city and hopefully some sports news to get us through this trying time. With some lockdown restrictions beginning to be slowly lifted, we may be finally entering the end of this series, which is a good thing. Any resemblance of normalcy would be fantastic. With all that being said, let’s dive right into it!
As Ford prepares to reopen its plants, the automotive company announced on Saturday that it will provide COVID testing at four metro areas for hourly and salaried employees who are experiencing symptoms of the virus. Ford signed contracts with health systems to conduct testing in Chicago, Kentucky, and Michigan as well.
In Kansas City, employees will be able to receive an on-site prescription before then going to drive-thru testing. The company will be focused on Polymerase Chain Reaction testing, which is used to identify those are actively infected.
Ford plans to recommence production in North America on May 18th. This would allow for the return of nearly 12,000 employees, who will have to follow a new set of safety and health protocols to ensure the well-being of all involved.
MLB’s Complicated Return
Major League Baseball has released an immense 67 page plan that outlines their attempt to return amidst the pandemic, and it is pretty crazy. It will take an insane amount of effort to host games for 30 teams in empty stadiums, and staff a large group of individuals to feed and house the players in between. That’s just the beginning.
According to the proposal, coaches, players, and personnel will undergo multiple tests a week. Players will receive daily temperature checks both at home and at the ballpark, and anyone with a temperature over 100 will be put into isolation.
There will be guidelines regarding how far apart players and coaches can sit from each other in the dugout and during the national anthem. Any ball that’s touched by multiple players will be discarded. Postgame food and water coolers will be replaced with individually packaged meals and water bottles. Not only that, high fiving, hugging, or any close celebration among teammates will be discouraged.
Weekly Debate Fire Starter
After reading the bullet points of the MLB’s proposal, it may seem quite ridiculous and too daunting of a task to achieve. On top of that, would it even be worth all of the health and safety protocols just to watch half of a baseball season?
It’s understandable to want any sort of sports to played again, we are all having withdrawals, but at what cost? Should players be risking their health for our viewing sake? It’s quite possible that we see some players decide to sit out, and I don’t think we can blame them, necessarily.
In light of all the recent rules set by the MLB, do you think that baseball should be played this summer and fall? Let us know in the comments. And as always, stay safe Chiefs Kingdom!