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Mar 15, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Don Arnold , Becky Arnold, Camden Arnold, 11, and Addison Arnold , 13, came down from Canada take a photo in front of George M. Steinbrenner Field were the spring training game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees has been canceled do to the COVID-19 virus. Major League Baseball is also delaying the start of the regular season by at least two weeks.Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball players returning to New York for spring training are exempt from the area's mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers.

Governors Andrew Cuomo of New York, Phil Murphy of New Jersey and Ned Lamont of Connecticut announced a joint travel advisory Wednesday that would force those "traveling from states with significant community spread" of COVID-19 to isolate for two weeks.

Cuomo said that players from the Yankees and Mets returning to New York from their teams' facilities in Florida are not subject to the quarantine, which would have forced many to miss the scheduled reporting date of July 1.

"The Mets and Yankees have been in touch with Governor Cuomo's office today and will work with the NY State Health Department on a continuing basis to coordinate the return of players from Florida to train in New York next week," read a joint statement Wednesday from the Mets and Yankees. "Our two teams, as well as the State Health Commissioner, will work under Major League Baseball's protocols and guidelines. We are all excited to bring baseball back to New York. Thank you, Governor Cuomo."

Cuomo said health protocols have been worked out with both teams to ensure safe travel despite the recent surge of coronavirus cases in Florida.

--Field Level Media

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