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Amid coronavirus concerns, Hawks close practice facility indefinitely


The Atlanta Hawks have closed their practice facility indefinitely in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, per Sarah K. Spencer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Hawks are now the second team to close all facilities after the Golden State Warriors shut down and ordered a “shelter in place” policy on Monday.

Spence reported the Hawks are erring on the side of caution, despite the fact no players or coaches have tested positive for coronavirus:

No Hawks players are exhibiting symptoms of the virus as of now, and therefore they have not been tested for it. But the decision to close the facility as of Wednesday was made to be on the safe side, with the league asking teams to practice social distancing, which can help limit exposure and spread of the coronavirus. There’s not a firm timeline for re-opening the facility, as that will depend on when the Hawks determine it’s safe to do so.

The illness has had an unequal distribution throughout the league. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was the first positive test to be announced, with teammate Donovan Mitchell following shortly thereafter. Detroit Pistons swingman Christian Wood also tested, as did four players on the Brooklyn Nets, including Kevin Durant.

However, not a single player on the Oklahoma City Thunder tested positive after they were scheduled to play the Jazz the night Gobert’s positive test rocked the sporting world.

Metropolitan Atlanta imposed a nightly curfew on Wednesday, and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued a moratorium on evictions in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. The Hawks are following suit.