The Big 12 Tournament is set to begin on Wednesday in Kansas City and the conference announced on Tuesday afternoon it would be joining other pro sports leagues by closing locker rooms in response to the spreading coronavirus.
The coronavirus has only officially infected one person in the Kansas City metro, in Johnson County, Kansas. There is another case in Missouri, but it is on the St. Louis side of the state.
In a statement the Big 12 said, “The priority of the Big 12 Conference is to ensure the safety of our students, coaches, administrators, event staff and fans as we continue to monitor all relevant information on the COVID-19 virus and its impact on hosting events in public spaces.
At this time, the Phillips 66 Big 12 Basketball Championships will continue as scheduled with additional preventive measures. The Conference will continue to consult with the KU Medical Center as well as other local and state public health departments, host facilities and the NCAA leading up to and during these events to implement best practices and provide the most current information.
We encourage those attending the games to closely follow the CDC hygiene and prevention recommendations relating to COVID-19.“
Heartland College Sports will have reporters Matthew Postins and Pete Mundo in Kansas City this week for full coverage of the Big 12 Tournament. Find them on Twitter @PostinsPostcard and @PeteMundo for continued coverage.
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