Washington Wizards players, coaches, and staff have been advised to self-quarantine following the diagnoses of a Utah Jazz player with COVID-19.
That decision was made due to the 14-day incubation window of the Coronavirus. The Washington Wizards played the Jazz on Feb. 29th and New York on March 10th. The NBA has asked teams playing the Jazz within the 14-day incubation window to self-quarantine.
While the Chicago Bulls were not one of those teams, the Cleveland Cavilers, who played the Bulls on March 10th, a day before a Jazz player testing positive, were.
The Chicago Bulls have yet to make a statement regarding the league hiatus or the possibility of contamination. The day before playing the Cavilers on March 9th, the United Center released a statement regarding the Coronavirus as follows:
A Message to all United Center Fans and Visitors:
You are the most important part of the United Center. We want you always to have an exceptional experience when you are our guest. It’s important we share with you the steps we are taking for your health and safety as the coronavirus situation continues to unfold.
In ongoing talks with medical experts, government leaders and league officials, we have decided to supplement our already stringent health and safety protocols outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with additional measures.
The entire United Center is cleaned and sanitized thoroughly before and after every event, especially the arena seating areas and public fan areas. To ensure the utmost safety precautions, however, we have decided to increase our cleaning capabilities, with additional staff and protocols.
Our professionals are using hospital-grade disinfectant and continually wiping down all surfaces, such as countertops, door handles and arm rests. We have also added multiple hand sanitation stations at all entrances and in high-traffic areas of the arena. And, of course, soap and cleaning products will be overstocked in all bathrooms for visitor use.
The areas of the United Center used by our players and staff will experience similar enhanced measures and attention.
If you are experiencing respiratory or related issues, the CDC suggests you should not attend events with large numbers of people.
Every year, we pride ourselves in providing a world-class entertainment experience to more than 3 million fans and visitors. Our thousands of employees take host responsibilities very seriously and remain dedicated to your well-being.
The United Center will continue to host events as scheduled and we look forward to seeing you soon. Any additional updates can be found here on our official website.
Executive Vice President & COO