NBA memo tells teams to prepare for games without fans because of coronavirus outbreak: reports


The NBA is preparing for the possibility of playing games without fans and media in attendance because of the coronavirus outbreak, according to reports from Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium and The New York Times’ Marc Stein.

Stein reports that the league has asked teams to begin developing “contingency plans.”

It does not appear as if the league is planning to play any games under these conditions imminently. 

On Friday, the first two cases of coronavirus in Pennsylvania were recorded as residents of Delaware County and Wayne County tested positive locally for the virus. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued a disaster declaration.

“First and foremost, we want all Pennsylvanians to be safe and remain healthy and follow the practical advice of the Department of Health on ways to protect yourself from any virus and that’s by washing hands, covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough and staying home if you are sick,” Wolf said in a press release.

According to NBC News, more than 3,400 people have died worldwide from coronavirus since the start of January, with 14 deaths from the virus in the United States and more than 225 confirmed cases in the country.

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