Ball kids to wear gloves, no handling of player towels as Indian Wells Masters looks to combat coronavirus
Organisers of the Indian Wells Masters have announced several measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus at this year’s tournament.
The virus has killed more than 3,400 people across the globe with more than 100,000 infected in 94 countries.
As a result, several health and safety measures have been introduced for the Indian Wells event that runs from March 11-22 in California.
Ball boys and ball girls will wear gloves for the duration of the tournament and they will not be required to touch the players’ towels at all.
All players must fetch their own towels and a chair will be placed at the back of the court to make it easier.
Organisers have also confirmed that fans who no longer want to attend the tournament due to the virus can get a refund for this year’s event or a credit for next year.
Other actions include:
- More than 250 hand sanitising stations have been placed throughout the facility.
- Restaurant and food supply workers will wear gloves.
- Volunteers taking tickets at entrances will wear gloves.
- N95 masks are being secured for first aid and health personnel to be prepared for any circumstances that would necessitate the use thereof.
- Organised player and fan interaction will be limited at the tournament.
- All common areas throughout the facility will be cleaned daily with an antiviral application.
- Coordinating with local hospital and CDC approved testing for all individuals with symptoms.
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