Professional sports teams from New York can officially return to work. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday that sports teams in the state may reopen training camps amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Cuomo said the teams must follow the appropriate health protocols.
Starting today, NY professional sports leagues can begin spring training.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 24, 2020
On Tuesday, veterinarians can reopen statewide.
The announcement is consistent with Cuomo’s messaging in the past few weeks. In mid-May, Cuomo expressed optimism that the New York Mets and New York Yankees would play New York in 2020. Days later, Cuomo said he wanted to watch the Buffalo Bills, marking the first time anyone ever said those words.
The news could interest a number of professional teams. The Bills is based in New York and usually hosts a training camp in the state. Both the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets have facilities in New York. The Mets and Yankees host spring training outside the state, but may bring players together in their home dances after Sunday’s news. The New York Giants and New York Jets play – and have facilities – in New Jersey, so those teams aren’t affected by Cuomo’s announcement.