(FiveNation.com)- Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the most prominent face of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said on Sunday that he thinks Major League Baseball might be able to start in time for the relaxing of coronavirus restrictions in the late spring.
For once, Dr. Fauci actually has some good news for the country.
“I would expect that as we get through the summer — late spring, early summer — there’s going to be a relaxation where you’re going to have more and more people allowed into baseball parks, very likely separated with seating, very likely continue to wear masks,” Fauci said during an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
So it’s baseball, but not as we know it.
OPENING DAY DURING COVID: What will baseball season look like this year? Dr. Fauci says to expect an incremental relaxing of restrictions “late spring, early summer”, allowing more people into ball parks with mitigation measures in place. pic.twitter.com/mtKC0vSVGo
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) March 28, 2021
Fauci also said that restrictions would naturally subside as more Americans get vaccinated, but it’s also not out of the realm of possibility that Fauci could backtrack on that promise. The controversial public health official has repeatedly changed his mind on guidance given to the U.S. federal government, flip-flopping on the issue of wearing masks, and later changing his mind on his guidance on double masking.
Fauci told Face the Nation that COVID-19 cases are on the rise again, and said that the new variants of the virus are “playing a part” in the increase but that it’s “not completely the variants.” He said that the relaxing of social distancing and lockdown protocols was playing a part in the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in the United States.
“What we’re likely seeing is because of spring break and pulling back on the mitigation methods you’ve seen now,” he said.
So baseball could be back soon, but then again, it might not.
And you might be wearing masks until 2023.