MLB loosens COVID restrictions, drops masks for vaccinated

NEW YORK (AP) — All fully vaccinated players and staff can stop wearing masks in dugouts, bullpens and clubhouses under the latest change to Major League Baseball’s coronavirus protocols. In addition, fully vaccinated players and staff may eat in restaurants without restrictions and attend sporting events at venues with government approved safety protocols, the commissioner’s office and players’ association said in a memo sent Wednesday night. They also no longer have to undergo monitor testing. Kinexon electronic tracing devices are being eliminated, and compliance officers no longer have to accompany teams on trips.