With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) creating havoc all around the world, the massive outbreak has already canceled two WTA tournaments. The Chinese events in Xi’an and Kunming did not take place this year. Now, the Indian Wells 2020 in California has set new protocols as a precautionary measure for the ongoing pandemic in the world.
The Palm Springs event will take place as scheduled, and there are no signs of its cancellation. With the Coronavirus cases escalating every hour, BNP Paribas Open wants to ensure the well being of the players, staff and fans.
Indian Wells 2020 additional measures are as follows:
- More than 250 hand sanitizing stations have been set up throughout the facility
- Players will be required to manage their own towels on the court, and ball kids will not touch or move player towels. A chair will be placed at the back of the court for them to place their towel on for usage during the match.
- Ball kids will wear gloves.
- 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.
- Organized 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.
In the near future, some changes might be incorporated into their safety measures to ensure the protection of everyone at Tennis Paradise. The main draw events of Indian Wells 2020 will start on Thursday, March 12.
And for the tennis fans who purchased tickets in advance, and who now want to avoid potential health risks and stay home, they may request a refund for this year’s tournament, or receive a credit for tickets for the 2021 tournament.