By Annie Ross
The NHL is considering closing locker room access to the media, as the concern over the coronavirus escalates.
“We’re focused on the fact that the tightness, the crowdedness and the intimacy of postgame availability may need to be adjusted while we’re focusing on the coronavirus,” NHL commish Gary Bettman said in Sunrise, Florida, while appearing at the Montreal-Florida game for Roberto Luongo’s jersey retirement.
A source told ESPN that the NHL planned to close locker room access to the media and that all media availability would be conducted in formal news conference areas.
Bettman said he wouldn’t be surprised if the closed locker room becomes a league-wide mandate for at least the short term “because it may be the prudent thing to do.” He said it would be an “adjustment” and that no decisions would be permanent.
“A locker room is different from being in the stands,” Bettman said.
The NHL has already banned international travel for league office employees.