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Raiders Suspend Team Travel, Issue Statement on Coronavirus

Scott Gulbransen
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LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 06: (EDITORS NOTE – This image has been converted to black and white) Oakland Raiders helmet is seen on the field after the game between Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 06, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

As teams around the NFL restrict travel and staff contact with players and employees, the Las Vegas Raiders coronavirus statement has been issued with restrictions for their players and staff.

As the crisis surrounding the coronavirus continues to be a major concern in the United States, the Las Vegas Raiders today have restricted travel for team employees and issued a statement this morning about their own handling of the issue.

“The Raiders have discontinued business-related travel for scouts, coaches and football staff and have encouraged all employees to work from home,” the Raiders said in a statement. “The organization will continue to collaborate with the NFL and health officials to monitor developments regarding COVID-19.”

The Raiders and owner Mark Davis are also at the forefront of the discussion within the league about the plans for next month’s NFL Draft in Las Vegas. The draft is projected to bring in over 300,000 visitors for the three-day event.

“The league office, the players association, and the city and the state are working together,” Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis told the Dallas Morning News by phone on Wednesday night. “They’re making a measured decision. Health and safety will always be No. 1.”

Work on the Raiders new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas has not been impacted by the coronavirus crisis in the United States.

The NFL Draft coronavirus response should come relatively soon, but with six weeks until the event, Davis, the NFL, and state and local officials have time to see how the situation plays out before making a final decision.

When we asked one NFL source if canceling the event for fans was possible, they said it was but owners and league officials want to wait to see how health officials assess the situation over the next 7-10 days.