NBA wants to hear teams’ coronavirus plans by Tuesday


As the NBA prepares for the possibility that the coronavirus outbreak could cause games to be played without fans in the arena, the league office delivered teams a Tuesday deadline to have several precautionary measures in place, according to a memo obtained by ESPN.

The NBA — which will conduct a conference call Monday night with team doctors and trainers — is calling for teams to have an infectious disease specialist on call, a nearby testing facility for the coronavirus, and a roster of essential employees who have close physical contact with players, the memo said.

The league wants teams to make sure each has a plan for scaled-down team traveling parties too, the memo said.

The NBA is also making it mandatory for teams to distribute hand-sanitizer to players and staff members.

The NBA has already instructed players to make changes in how they interact with fans — advising no autographs or handshakes.


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