As cases of the Coronavirus continue to be reported, the World Health Organization has labeled the outbreak a pandemic and at this point, major institutions have no choice but to err on the side of caution. The NBA and the Philadelphia 76ers are no different and the League is even officially taking steps to prepare for playing without crowds in the building for the safety of all.
While all of this is going on, the Sixers still have a game to prepare for this evening as they welcome to Detroit Pistons to town. With concerns increasing, the Sixers have put out a statement ahead of the game regarding the Coronavirus.
STATEMENT FROM THE PHILADELPHIA 76ERS:
The health and safety of our players, fans, staff members, partners and the Greater Philadelphia community are important to our organization. We are closely monitoring the latest developments and medical guidance regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Working with medical experts and state and local officials, as well as our venue partner, Wells Fargo Center, we have established health and safety protocols, which we will update as necessary. Consistent with the recommendation of the NBA, tonight’s game versus the Detroit Pistons will proceed as scheduled.
Following the advice of public health officials and medical experts, and consistent with the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the recommendations made yesterday by the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health regarding public gatherings with more than 5,000 people, we respectfully request that the following categories of guests not attend upcoming 76ers games until further notice:
- Guests who are feeling sick, regardless of their symptoms
- Guests who have traveled to, or been in close contact with someone who has traveled to, one of the high risk areas as outlined by the CDC in the past 14 days, even if asymptomatic
- Guests who have been in contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days, even if asymptomatic
- Guests who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, even if asymptomatic
- Guests with underlying health conditions, in particular respiratory or cardiac issues
We also remind all guests who attend 76ers games to review and follow with the hygiene guidelines outlined by the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html.
Any fans with questions or concerns can reach out to: (215) 339-7600.
We recognize that this may cause inconvenience, and we appreciate the cooperation of our fans so that we can protect the health and safety of all in attendance.
It’s wild how quickly something like this spreads. It wasn’t long ago we heard of the first instances of the Coronavirus popping up on the other side of the world and now it’s affecting how we consume sports. Be careful out there folks, especially if you’re heading to tonight’s game.