MEMPHIS,Tenn. — With an uptick in COVID-19 cases, 40 teams from several states will be in Memphis this weekend for youth baseball tournaments.
FOX13′s Jeremy Pierre found out how social distancing will help so many teams and parents while in town.
People at Gameday Baseball Park said they are still learning what to do and what not to do, especially when it comes to social distancing and keeping people safe from COVID-19.
“It’s never easy when you’re dealing with a pandemic like what we are dealing with,” said Johnny Ray, the tournament director at Gameday Baseball Park.
For the last several weeks there have been tournaments at the park with as many as 80 teams hosting nearly a thousand youth baseball players, their parents and fans at one time.
He said the park put in place safety measures and revised them several times to keep up with expert guidance.
“Through the blessing from the Health Department to have this event, it was well-received by our teams,” said Ray. " People were hungry wanting to get out and play.”
To comply with social distancing the bleachers at the park are blocked off.
Park management encourages fans to bring chairs and put them in designated areas marked on the ground.
“Everyone wants to get closer to the field”, said Ray. “We’ve actually got strategically placed six foot apart white dots throughout the facility signifying social distancing. We have a lot of signage up.”
This weekend will be the smallest group of teams that have participated in a tournament at the park, so far this year with 40 teams.
He said the decreased number came at a good time to adjust to the city’s new mask ordinance.
“Now that we got the new mask ordinance that was signed off yesterday and us only having 40 teams this weekend we feel like this came at a good time for us to take a reduction in numbers,” said Ray.
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