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#pounditThursday, August 13, 2020

Here’s what new White House guidelines could mean for sports schedule

President Donald Trump announced Sunday that his administration is extending social distancing guidelines nationally until April 30.

Trump also stated his hope to be able to open up the country and return to normal life by June 1.

These are estimates, and things are subject to change if outbreaks progress in certain areas and aren’t brought under control. Many states have strict orders in place urging residents to stay at home, which should help, but there is no guarantee that the guidelines won’t be extended beyond that.

June could still be a time to start thinking about getting pro sports up and running. That’s a timeline that has been suggested for MLB in the past. The situation is very fluid, and current measures have to work before we can even think about sports again. There is also no guarantee that fans will be able to attend events when they begin again. Either way, it looks like there could be some sports action again come mid-summer, but almost certainly not before that.

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