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How the coronavirus impacts Phillies, Sixers, Flyers and Union as major pro sports leagues limit locker room access

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Responding to the increasing threat of the coronavirus, Major League Baseball, the NBA, the NHL, and MLS released a joint statement Monday announcing that the leagues will limit locker room access only to players and essential employees of teams until further notice.

The full statement reads:

“After consultation with infectious disease and public health experts, and given the issues that can be associated with close contact in pre- and post-game settings, all team locker rooms and clubhouses will be open only to players and essential employees of teams and team facilities until further notice. Media access will be maintained in designated locations outside of the locker room and clubhouse setting. These temporary changes will be effective beginning with tomorrow’s games and practices.

“We will continue to closely monitor this situation and take any further steps necessary to maintain a safe and welcoming environment.

“Therefore, we understand the NBA’s decision to temporarily close locker rooms to everyone but players and essential team personnel with the NBA’s promise that once the coronavirus crisis abates, the league will restore full access to the journalists who cover the league.

“Our members remain committed to providing thorough, insightful and fair coverage.

Union

Major League Soccer will, like the other leagues, have its team public relations staffs bring players out of the locker room to a designated area.

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