The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will authorize the entry into the country of professional athletes who compete in events organized by certain leagues, such as part of the White House strategy for reopening the economy.
This was reported this Saturday on his Twitter account by the acting secretary of DHS, Chad Wolf, He noted that “reopening the economy safely is a critical part of the United States’ response to the coronavirus pandemic. And relaunching professional sports safely is essential to doing so.”
In a statement released by DHS on its websiteWolf indicated that in today’s environment “Americans need their sports, it is time to reopen the economy and it is time for our professional athletes to return to work”, added.
The measure states that it is “in the national interest to exclude foreigners competing in professional sporting events” from announced entry restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
DHS anticipated that it will work with professional sports teams to identify athletes, essential personnel, team and league leaders, as well as spouses and dependents to be covered by this exception. To this end, the Major League Baseball (MLB), the NBA, the United States Professional Women’s Basketball League (WNBA), as well as professional golf, hockey and tennis organizations, among others, will be consulted.
On May 13, Florida Governor Republican Ron DeSantis announced that his state is open to professional sports teams who want to resume activity amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A day earlier, the governor of Arizona, also a Republican Doug Ducey, indicated that from May 16 his state would be available so that professional sports can resume their activities, but without an audience in the fields.
The newspaper “The Washington Post” revealed that the Major League Soccer of the United States (MLS) plans to take Orlando, to the Disney World campus, the 26 teams that compete in their league to resume the regular season that was suspended on March 12 when only two days of the 34 that make up its official calendar had been played.