As of now, the 2020 NFL Draft is still scheduled to take place in Las Vegas from April 23-25, and it sounds like the NFL is hoping to keep it that way, despite some push-back from some general managers around the league.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has instructed clubs to close all team facilities, stepping up league efforts to combat the spread of new coronavirus.
The New York Giants and the New York Jets, for example, would not be able to access their buildings during draft night, as New Jersey is now under lockdown.More news: Australia bans outgoing travel as some ignore warning
Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and a almost unanimous recommendation from its panel of general managers, the National Football League is moving ahead as scheduled with the 2020 draft according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini. Aside from reiterating the draft will be televised as usual, other details haven't been forthcoming.
The draft was originally scheduled for the Las Vegas Strip as a ceremonial welcome to the Raiders, who are moving to Nevada from Oakland.
As of 6 p.m. local time on Wednesday, team facilities will be closed to all personnel, except for medical staff providing ongoing treatment to players, security personnel, technology personnel and independent contractors carrying out necessary work to maintain the facilities and their security. The league will reevaluate the situation on April 8.More news: NCAA shuts down Trevor Lawrence's GoFundMe to help COVID-19 victims
"The challenges we face are not unique - many businesses and individuals throughout the country are experiencing and addressing similar issues", the memo reads.
Though facilities are closed, teams are still free to conduct the signing of players, evaluation of draft prospects, selling tickets and other operations in regards to preparation for the 2020 season. "Please be assured the National Football League is well-positioned to meet these operational challenges as we prepare to offer our fans and the country an outstanding 2020 National Football League season". At least 18,900 people have died globally, with more than 422,780 confirmed cases.More news: 7.5-magnitude quake hits off Russia's Kuril Islands: USGS