The Washington Wizards Are Self-Quarantined!
It’s time to be proactive when it comes to the Coronavirus pandemic and that is exactly what the Washington Wizards have done! The entire Washington Wizards organization has been ordered to self-quarantine because of the coronavirus. Read on since the Washington Wizards Self-Quarantined…
The Wizards’ ownership group says it will not follow the DC Department of Health’s recommendation that non-essential mass gatherings be postponed or cancelled.
“At the current direction of the NBA and NHL, our games will go on as scheduled and be open to spectators.”
More here: https://t.co/q46aq7BFKX
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) March 11, 2020
CelebNSports247.com reports that The Washington Wizards medical staff advised them to self-quarantine for the next three or four days after playing the Utah Jazz late last month.
That includes players, coaches, and even the front office staff.
The Wizards also played the Knicks, who played the Jazz last week. The news comes on the heels of Rudy Gobert testing positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday and Donovan Mitchell on Thursday.
Washington Wizards released these posts:
View this post on Instagram
STATEMENT FROM @monumental_sports: “Tonight, the National Basketball Association (NBA) issued a directive that all games are suspended until further notice. As a franchise of the league, the Washington Wizards will not be playing games until the NBA determines next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic. The Wizards will be communicating to season ticket holders, partners and other affected parties with additional information soon. As we have been, we will be following the protocols as laid out by the leagues for which we play – both the NBA and the National Hockey League (NHL) and will continue to work in close consultation with our local city officials. The NHL is continuing to consult with medical experts and will have a further update tomorrow before the Capitals home game versus Detroit.”
View this post on Instagram
Talk about a change up! It was just yesterday that the Wizards ownership group said they’d be ignoring a D.C. Department of Health recommendation to postpone or cancel events with more than 1,000 people present.
A Statement from Monumental Sports & Entertainment https://t.co/O5OKwRYSTq
— Monumental Sports (@MSE) March 11, 2020
As of Tuesday afternoon, there have been at least 116,000 coronavirus cases worldwide, according to CBS News. While 64,000 people have recovered, more than 4,000 have died. In America, multiple states are under a state of emergency and some politicians and public health officials are recommending large gatherings of people — including sporting events — in coronavirus hotspots be canceled or closed to the public.
The NCAA has canceled the 2020 Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, as well as all of its other winter season championship events.
Multiple conferences, including the AAC, ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Big East, Pac-12 and SEC, have canceled their conference tournaments and Duke University announced it is suspending all athletic activities.
Adam Silver letter to NBA fans pic.twitter.com/F5GA2Yb0Ib
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 13, 2020
Major League Baseball has canceled the remainder of spring training and is pushing back the start of the regular season by at least two weeks.
The NHL announced it is pausing the 2019-20 season, effective immediately, on Thursday. Commissioner Gary Bettman said the league will try to resume games “as soon as it is appropriate and prudent,” and is hopeful the stoppage will not affect the Stanley Cup Playoffs.