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Sports leagues limit locker room, clubhouse access

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Posted at 8:00 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 21:00:34-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — National sports leagues are limiting access to locker rooms amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League issued a joint statement Monday stating that only players and “essential employees” will be allowed in locker rooms and clubhouses.

“Media access will be maintained in designated locations outside of the locker room and clubhouse setting,” according to the statement. “These temporary changes will be effective beginning with tomorrow’s games and practices.”

Mike Swanson, vice president of communications and broadcasting for the Kansas City Royals, told 41 Action News that the Royals plan to bring players to reporters for interviews.

The limited access is in place until further notice.

Coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China, in Hubei province and has since spread to Europe and the U.S.