Canada tells Blue Jays they can't play in Toronto because of the coronavirus pandemic

The Blue Jays have been denied approval by the Canadian government to play in Toronto amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino made the announcement in a statement. An official familiar with the matter told The Associated Press earlier Saturday the federal government had denied the request.

MLB needed an exemption to a requirement that anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days.

The team was informed of the decision in a phone call.

The Blue Jays' alternate site for home games is the team's training facility in Dunedin, Florida, one of the states hardest-hit by the virus.