MLB announces baseball to play full season with fans in stands, few COVID-19 restrictions

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Next season’s baseball games will be different, but not by much.

Monday, Major League Baseball announced that the season will start on time, and there will be a limited number of fans allowed in the stands, according to KRON.

But don’t worry about needing a negative COVID-19 test, proof of a vaccination or even a temperature check -- that won’t be required.

Fans will be seated six feet apart and masks will be required unless eating or drinking. Additionally, MLB has added a “buffer zone” around dugouts, meaning no fans will be allowed to sit in the first three rows unless a team puts up plexiglass.

Fans can start watching as soon as the opening of Spring training.

The MLB had discussed shortening the season by eight games, and delaying the start of the season to allow more Americans to be vaccinated. But the players union rejected the offer.

Teams will play the usual full 162 game season and the same rules will apply  as before the pandemic — no expanded playoffs, no seven-inning doubleheaders, no starting extra innings with a runner at second base and no designated hitter in the National League.