Major League Baseball is close to receiving approval to have the Toronto Blue Jays play in Canada amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said city, provincial and federal authorities "kind of gave their approval," but the Blue Jays are waiting for a letter of support from the federal government.

Ford said he has been in conversation with Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro all weekend.

MLB requires an exemption, as anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days, and the U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21.