NPB: No fans, no sickies

Not only will all Nippon Professional Baseball games between now until mid-March be closed to the public due to concern over the coronavirus outbreak, but it is going to be no picnic for those allowed to contact players.

Sankei Sports gives us a rundown of the steps others will have to take to be at the ballpark starting Saturday.

  • No one will be allowed to enter Sapporo Dome if they have a temperature of 37.5 C or more for five minutes.
  • Media members at other ballparks will be required to have examinations upon arrival. This may include screening, a questionnaire and having your temperature taken.
  • While on the road, Orix Buffaloes players will be asked to refrain from going outside.
  • The Rakuten Eagles have urged staff members to minimize contact with players.

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