Coronavirus is forcing islanders to close the locker room, NHL is considering options

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The islanders will be among the first teams in North American professional sports leagues to close access to the media in the locker room due to concerns about the corona virus, a source told Post.

Teams wishing to close their locker rooms have media availability in formal press conference areas.

“Due to the team’s efforts to keep the changing rooms as clean as possible, selected players are made available outside of the islanders’ changing room [where TV does walk off interviews]”A spokesman for the islanders said in a statement.” The availability of Barry Despite will be carried out at the usual location of the press conference. “

The islanders play an afternoon game in the Colosseum against the hurricanes, while the devils compete against the Rangers in the garden on Saturday evening. It is unclear whether the Rangers and Devils will also close their changing rooms.

An ESPN report on Saturday said the league had ordered teams to close the locker room on the recommendation of the disease control and prevention centers. However, an NHL source said that this is not the case.

“Teams can make individual calls based on their own situation. However, there is no league-wide mandate today [or] tonight, ”said the source. “Countless concepts are discussed in all areas. Nothing finalized. “

The NHL had previously banned international travel for league office employees. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN earlier this week that if the coronavirus became a major health threat in North America prior to the 2019-20 playoffs, the NHL “will begin researching emergency plans”.

Daly did not rule out that games could be postponed or canceled, or that games could be played in empty arenas without fans.

“I think it is very unlikely that we will reach a stage where we have to consider something so dramatic,” Daly told ESPN. “But certainly everything is possible and we have to examine all possible contingencies. When the time comes, we are ready. “



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