NBA players should fist-bump with fans instead of high-fiving them and avoid taking items to autograph, the league told its 30 teams in a memo listing short-term recommendations to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The league said it will “work with leading experts and team physicians to provide up-to-date information and recommended practices that should be followed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.”
The NBA said it is closely monitoring the situation and consulting with the Centers for Disease Control as well as experts including a renowned infectious disease researcher at Columbia University. It reiterated that “the health and safety of NBA players, coaches, staff, and fans is paramount.”
An escalation of the virus, which has killed more than 3,000 worldwide since it emerged in China in December, could potentially threaten pre-draft combines, on-site workouts and international scouting events if it worsens, ESPN reported.