Clubs strongly encouraged to continue social distancing
By Official Florida FC
Major League Soccer announced its suspension of its season would continue until at least May as the United States and Canada tries to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
The league made the announcement its suspension would continue an additional 30 days on March 19. It followed with a March 20 prohibition on training until March 27. MLS’ first training moratorium was issued on March 15 and extended until March 20, but that has since been extended.
On March 15, the Centers for Disease Control advised mass gatherings should be avoided for at least eight weeks. Under that timeline, Major League Soccer might resume in mid-May.
MLS has stated it intends to complete its 34-game schedule and MLS Cup Playoffs, even if that requires the season extending into December.
Major League Soccer has extended the team training moratorium through, and including, Friday, March 27. During this time, MLS players are expected to remain in each club’s respective market and have been advised to exercise safe social distancing measures.
At this time, team training facilities may only be accessed for physical therapy purposes at the direction of club medical staff to ensure adherence to safety protocols.
MLS remains in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on this continually evolving situation and will provide further updates as they become available.– Major League Soccer statement