Major Leagues temporarily ban media locker room access in fear of Coronavirus

Media will be designated to locations outside of locker rooms and clubhouses.

Posted: Mar 10, 2020 12:59 AM

NEW YORK (AP) - Monday night, Major League Baseball, the NHL, NBA and Major League Soccer released a joint statement announcing that they are temporarily banning locker-room access to the media over fears of the coronavirus.

According to the press release, officials from the pro-sports organizations made the decision "after consulting with infectious disease and public health experts".

The statement also says members of the media will have access to players and coaches in designated locations outside of locker rooms and clubhouses, but, players must remain at least six feet from reporters. This applies to both games and practices.

Members of the associated press sports editors, a group of sportswriters, also released a statement, saying that while they must take precautions to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, they warned against "unnecessary limited access in either the short or long term."

The NFL has not made a decision on media locker room access yet.

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