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NHL To Close Dressing Rooms to Media Due to Coronavirus Concerns

In an attempt to cease any unnecessary risks of spreading the coronavirus, it appears the NHL is closing off dressing rooms to the media for the foreseeable future.

There have been a number of reports from media sources claiming that, starting today, the NHL plans to close dressing room access to media. In an attempt to cease any unnecessary risks of spreading the virus, the recommendation to do so comes from the Centers for Disease Control.

Darren Dreger writes:

Based on the growing threat of the Coronavirus, sources say the IIHF/Hockey Canada is expected to announce today the cancellation of the 2020 Women’s World Hockey Championship scheduled to begin later this month in Halifax and Truro.

Gord Miller of TSN followed it up after some of the comments on the post suggested everyone was overreacting that the NHL doesn’t do something like this before first consulting all the official health parties in the know.

This may not yet be a league-wide mandate as Dave Isaac, a beat reporter for the Philadelphia Flyers posted, “Amid reports that NHL locker rooms will close to media due to coronavirus concerns, Flyers say the NHL has told them that until further notice locker rooms will remain open.” He added, this might not be a black and white rule and that it “sounds like a lot of moving parts to this. I wouldn’t be surprised if that changes by tonight’s game.”

It won’t just be the NHL either as the NBA, MLB and MLS are expected to follow suit and set up the same restrictions, moving all media availabilities to designated conference rooms.

Women’s World Hockey Championship Postponed

In other news, sources say the IIHF/Hockey Canada is also expected to announce today the cancellation of the 2020 Women’s World Hockey Championship scheduled to begin later this month in Halifax and Truro.

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