The United States will allow some foreign athletes to participate in professional sports events in the U.S. and exempt entry restrictions imposed due to the corona virus. Acting Minister Chad Wolf of the Homeland Security Homeland Security Ministry announced this on Friday (local time).
“In the current circumstances, Americans need their sport. It’s time to reopen the economy and get our professional athletes back to work,” Wolf said in a statement.
In addition to the athletes, the exemption also applies to essential staff members, spouses and individuals who depend on the sports competitions. These include Major League Baseball, NBA men’s and women’s basketball league, professional male and female golfers, NHL ice hockey league, and professional tennis and tennis players.
Major American professional sports were previously discontinued as part of efforts to tackle Covid-19. Trump also imposed a ban on travelers from China, where the pandemic started, as well as Iran and much of Europe.