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The Toronto Blue Jays will not being playing any home games in the pandemic-shortened Major League Baseball season scheduled to begin on Thursday.

That's because Canadian authorities have ruled that the teams from the United States will not be allowed to enter the country and play in Toronto - the only non-US city that has a major league baseball team - because of fears that they will bring and spread the Covid-19 coronavirus.

"Based on the best-available public health advice, we have concluded the cross-border travel required for MLB regular-season play would not adequately protect Canadians’ health and safety," said Canadian immigration minister Marco Mendicino.

The Blue Jays have until July 29 to find a temporary home;  they are scheduled to be on the road until then, at which point they are scheduled to play against the Washington Nationals.

Among the locations mentioned as possibilities are Buffalo, where its Triple-A minor league affiliate plays, and Dunedin, its Florida spring training home.  However, the team has expressed a desire to play in a major league facility, though that might mean having to mix-and-match stadiums based on date availability.