SEC to take precautions due to coronavirus

SEC to take precautions due to coronavirus
The SEC has announced no major changes to the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament. (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB-TV)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The SEC continues to monitor the developments associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and has not modified the schedule of events related to the men’s basketball tournament in Nashville, Tennessee.

Officials with the SEC have announced they plan on the tournament running as scheduled.

SEC officials say they are in constant contact with public health officials and reminding everyone to be attentive to everyday preventive actions identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov).

The SEC also announced that the locker room will be strictly limited to student athletes, coaches, and other essential team personnel.

At this time, the SEC plans to implement the following health precautions at Bridgestone Arena, most of which were also applied during the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville last week. Similar preventive measures will be taken at the SEC Gymnastics Championship March 21 in Duluth, Georgia:

  • Additional hand sanitizers will be present at arena entrances and throughout the concourse and in meeting rooms;
  • Use of hospital grade disinfectant to sanitize locker rooms before teams arrive and upon departure;
  • Sanitization of game balls with hospital grade disinfectant after each practice and game;
  • Sanitization of team benches plus band and cheerleader seating areas following each game;
  • Hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes, and Lysol spray in team locker rooms;
  • Hand sanitizers at scorer's table, in officials' locker rooms and operations offices;
  • Signage throughout concourse to provide CDC preventive action recommendations

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