The Golden State Warriors will continue playing games at their new Chase Center despite the spread of the recent coronavirus, as well as the pleas of multiple San Francisco officials according to Mission Local's Joe Eskenazi.
A similar action might be required for the Warriors to follow suit. However, the team did acknowledge the dangers of the coronavirus in signs posted around the Chase Center on Tuesday saying it wasn’t liable if fans contract coronavirus in the arena.
Coronavirus won’t make Warriors cancel games ... yet
From Mission Local:
“I have personally spoken to the head of the Warriors organization, Rick Welts,” said Supervisor Aaron Peskin. “I have expressed my desire that they do this voluntarily before, in the days ahead, we do it as an emergency public health order. It’s not a matter of ‘if.’ It’s a matter of ‘when.’ I hope they come to that conclusion before we make them come to that conclusion.”
The office of San Francisco mayor London Breed also released a number of recommendations on Friday to combat the spread of the virus, including the cancellation of “non-essential events.”
Sporting events were mentioned specifically by name in the recommendations of large gatherings that should be canceled or postponed, though there might be some quibbling over what should be considered “non-essential.”
According to Mission Local, the Warriors were directly presented with the recommendations and their response was summarized as “thanks for the recommendations.” The mayor’s office has reportedly not yet discussed a more forceful tack.
The team is declining to cancel games against the advice of health experts. Dr. John Swartzberg, an infectious-disease expert at UC Berkeley, told The Athletic that the NBA should not be hosting games during the spread of the coronavirus:
When pressed for further explanation he said, “I think large gatherings of people in closed environments in the case of a pandemic is not prudent. It’s the perfect way to spread the virus.”
Warriors tell fans team isn’t liable if they get coronavirus
The Warriors — who currently sit in last place in the Western Conference at 15-49 — have six home games remaining in the month of March, including a date against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.
While they aren’t canceling the games, the threat is apparently big enough that the team posted several signs around the Chase Center on Tuesday advising fans that their attendance could increase their risk of contracting the coronavirus and they voluntarily assume all risks by entering the arena.
The Warriors will also observe the recent NBA orders to close off locker rooms to all media and any non-essential personnel. We’ll see if they take any further action, or are made to take it.
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