The Toronto Raptors are seeking exemption from 14-day quarantine to play out the season from home. The Canadian government is reviewing a proposal from the NBA and the Raptors to play in Toronto amid the pandemic.
Tuesday, a spokesman for Health Minister, Patty Hajdu, said officials have been in contact with the Raptors and will continue to engage with them in the coming weeks.
The Raptors and the NBA need an exemption to a requirement that anyone entering Canada for non-essential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days. The U.S.-Canada border remains closed to non-essential travel.
The federal government denied the Blue Jays’ request to play in Toronto earlier this year because health officials didn’t think it was safe for players to travel back and forth from the United States.
The Blue Jays failed to persuade the federal government to grant exemptions and played home games in Buffalo this year.
Two cities in Florida, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale, along with Nashville have been reported as potential destinations for the Raptors.
The Canadian government requires a comprehensive public health plan and written support from local health officials. The plan is being reviewed by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
The NBA season is set to open on Dec. 22, with training camps beginning in two weeks.