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Two days after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said professional sports teams in his state can begin opening up training camps, his New Jersey counterpart is following suit.
"Teams in New Jersey may return to training and even competition - if their leagues choose to move in that direction," Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday. "We have been in constant discussions with teams about necessary protocols to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, and personnel."
Murphy's decision would impact the NFL's New York Giants and Jets and MLS' Red Bulls, all of whom are based in New Jersey. It may affect the NHL's Devils, as well, but they're unlikely to be included in the league's 24-team playoff plan.
The vast majority of sports leagues in North America suspended play in March amid the coronavirus pandemic. The NFL's 2020 season isn't scheduled to begin until September, although organized team activities typically begin in May.
Cuomo said Sunday that New York-based teams can open camps while adhering to the appropriate health protocols.