The US top health and infectious disease specialist, Dr Anthony Fauci has suggested that Sports can only come back if Athletes play in front of empty stadiums, avoid contact with family and are kept in high surveillance hotels.
In a recent Snapchat interview, Fauci said sports could return if played in empty stadiums and with teams strictly quarantined in hotels in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Under such harsh restrictions, athletes wouldn’t be able to be exposed or spread the virus and could resume a season as usual.
“There’s a way of doing that,” Fauci said. “Nobody comes to the stadium. Put them in big hotels, wherever you want to play, keep them very well surveilled and have them tested every week and make sure they don’t wind up infecting each other or their family, and just let them play the season out.”
Currently, the NBA, NHL and MLB seasons are suspended indefinitely. The NFL, which is in its offseason, recently elected to hold a virtual draft. The PGA Tour is planning to start back up in June.
Fauci said he was sympathetic to the country’s longing for sports, adding that he’s a fan himself.
“People say, ‘Well, you know, you can’t play without spectators.’ Well, I think you’ll probably get enough buy-in from people who are dying to see a baseball game, particularly me,” Fauci said. “Living in Washington, we have the world champion Washington Nationals. I want to see them play again.”
New York mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday he doesn’t want to see large-scale sporting events and concerts with fans till next year
“Those big events should be one of the last things we should bring back online. The last thing we should do is gather 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 people in one place,” de Blasio told CNN.
“That is the opposite of social distancing, so I think it could take quite a while.”