MLB Exploring Using Camera Technology To Spot Maskless Fans In Stands

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The baseball season has started with eerily empty stadiums, but some teams are exploring different ways to take health precautions when fans return to the stands.

According to a Bloomberg report, Major League Baseball teams have held talks with a California startup called Airspace Systems Inc. that develops technology to detect whether people are wearing face masks, the league and the company said. The discussions focus on implementing the systems into cameras around the stadium to identify people without face coverings, with masks dangling from their chins or otherwise worn improperly.

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted sports around the world and without a bubble in Major League Baseball, many teams were hit with the virus. In place of fans, teams are charging to install cutouts of them in stands. It appears unlikely MLB fans would return until there’s a vaccine, but baseball offers a potential model for a return. Teams in the Korean Baseball Organization are allowing stadiums to host fans at about 10% capacity, according to ESPN.

A mask requirement at ballparks will be something that none of us have had to deal with and Such mandates at stores and on airplanes have resulted in violent confrontations between customers and workers.

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