Puerto Rico Winter League halts due to COVID-19 cases in its five teams

The Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League of Puerto Rico announced the postponement of all its games this week as a result of several positive cases to COVID-19 in the five franchises of the league, as confirmed by the agency through written communication.

In an extraordinary meeting of the League’s Board of Directors, it was known that so far 39 positive results have been received between the
administrative staff, coaching staff and players from the five teams.

Likewise, the winter league staff made up of its administration and media team were subjected to tests which all came back negative for the virus.

“This season has a requirement that all its participants are duly vaccinated. That is why those who have tested positive have mild symptoms or are asymptomatic,” said Juan A. Flores Galarza, league president upon leaving the meeting.

Faced with this scenario, the entity made the following decisions:

  • The 2021-2022 season ends until next Friday, December 17, 2021.

  • On Friday, December 17, 2021, the tests for the analysis and evaluation of the epidemiologist hired by the LBPRC will be repeated. Based on their findings, the tournament will restart on Saturday, December 18, 2021.

  • From that scenario, Tournament Director Carlos Berroa was tasked with presenting a revised itinerary beginning Saturday, December 18, 2021.

In addition to testing, the winter league amended its Security Protocol to implement the following steps immediately:

  • Every member and / or person related to the five active teams that is scheduled to travel outside the country during the tournament will have to serve a five (5) day quarantine before returning to work, without distinction of person.

  • The teams will have to inform the league of the people in their working groups and / or squads who will leave the Island, which will be subject to the quarantine explained above.

  • As of the restart of the winter campaign, all teams must carry out weekly tests to the personnel who work in the tournament, on a compulsory basis. On their own initiative, the novenas subjected their members to said tests to maintain internal monitoring.