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Report: NBA teams required to distribute hand sanitizer to players in wake of coronavirus

Matt Johnson
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

As the sports world continues to take measures to protect players and fans over concerns regarding the coronavirus, the NBA is now reportedly mandating teams to distribute hand sanitizer to all players and team members moving forward, per The New York Times Marc Stein.

The new rule will go into effect on Tuesday and could just be the start of multiple measures put in place by the NBA to ensure the safety of everyone. The NHL already announced it will close off locker room access to the media and the NBA could potentially follow suit.

The NBA also released a memo to its teams on Friday warning that preparations should be made in the event games are held without fans in attendance. In the event that games are held without fans, the league told teams only to have essential personnel at the facilities.

This comes just days after it was announced a vendor working at an XFL game tested positive for COVID-19. However, health officials determined fans in attendance of the game in February were at no risk of exposure.

As the entire globe continues to deal with the rapid spread of the virus, it’s clear that professional sports league are starting to prepare for a realistic scenario that would ensure everyone’s safety.