NBA Taking Necessary Precautions with Ongoing Coronavirus Outbreak
With the ongoing coronavirus, the NBA as well as other sports leagues are taking every necessary precaution to keep its players and personnel safe and healthy.
As the idea of playing inside of empty arenas continues to become a very strong potential reality in the near future, professional sports leagues are ramping up their awareness even further with a string of recent announcements. One in particular will be instituted on Tuesday according to an official statement.
— MLS Communications (@MLS_PR) March 9, 2020
“After consultation with infectious disease and public health experts, and given the issues that can be associated with close contact in pre- and post-game settings, all team locker rooms and clubhouses will be open only to players and essential employees of teams and team facilities until further notice. Media access will be maintained in designated locations outside of the locker room and clubhouse setting,” the statement said.
Until the quickly-spreading virus is controlled there will no longer be any media scrums in locker rooms. Every sports league will continue to look for further methods of protecting its players.
“You’re hearing more and more about it now, with the big sports starting to put some (restrictions) on it,” Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Corbin Burnes told USA TODAY Sports. “As more things come out more about the development of what we’re going to do to try to protect against it, obviously it’s one of those things that’s growing and we’re still gaining our knowledge about it.
“Every day, they’re updating us on the process of it and what we should do to protect against it. It’s ongoing, a day-to-day thing to keep us safe in here and keep us healthy for the season.”
There’s growing concern worldwide and only time will tell what will happen down the road.