The NBA, NHL and MLB are all closing their respective locker rooms to the media due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to multiple reports.
“NBA is planning to limit locker room access to only players and essential team personnel in wake of coronavirus,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday. “Teams are also instructed to create a 6-to-8 foot distance between players and media in availability sessions outside locker rooms.”
Major League Baseball has taken a similar stance to the NBA and NHL. The league will also “monitor local markets and remain nimble if local health authorities recommend games not be played,” per ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Games could also be moved to alternative sites if local health officials recommend avoiding games in specific cities.
Numerous international leagues have taken steps to combat the spread of coronavirus in recent weeks. All professional sports in Italy have been postponed, and Japan’s top baseball league has postponed the beginning of its season.
No games have been cancelled by any of the major American sports leagues. There has also been no mandate to ban fans from games.