Out of caution, Hawks close practice facility indefinitely

Credit: ccompton@ajc.com

Credit: ccompton@ajc.com

Out of caution, the Hawks have closed their practice facility indefinitely, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, amid coronavirus concerns.

No Hawks players are exhibiting symptoms of the virus as of now, and therefore they have not been tested for it. But the decision to close the facility as of Wednesday was made to be on the safe side, with the league asking teams to practice social distancing, which can help limit exposure and spread of the coronavirus. There’s not a firm timeline for re-opening the facility, as that will depend on when the Hawks determine it’s safe to do so.

The Warriors have also shut down their practice facility, with San Francisco ordering a "shelter in place" mandate Monday.

The NBA’s rules while on hiatus will be regularly updated as the league monitors the coronavirus situation, but team practices are currently not allowed, and players also are not allowed to work out at public gyms (keeping with the social distancing guidelines). For the Hawks, that mostly leaves home workouts and workouts outside (going for walks and runs is encouraged). For teams whose practice gyms are still open, players are permitted to work out and get shots up individually, or with one coach present.

In addition, players are encouraged to be mindful if they’re in a public place, wash their hands regularly and practice good hygiene.