Following the worldwide spread of coronavirus the organisers of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells have announced the health measures they are taking at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden site when the 1000 Masters is played between 11th to 22nd March.
First of all, players’ will have to look after their own towels between points at at changeovers. Ball kids will be wearing gloves and have been instructed not to touch the towels.
In addition over 250 sanitising stations are being set up throughout the site.
Besides ball kids, restaurant and food supply workers will wear gloves as will volunteers handling tickets at entrances.
N95 masks are being secured for first aid and health personnel to be used when attending any circumstances that would be deemed necessary for their use.
Organized player and fan interaction will be limited at the tournament and all common areas throughout the facility will be cleaned daily with an antiviral application.
Testing of individuals showing any symptoms will be tested at the local hospital.
Fans uneasy about the coronavirus will get a full a refund for this year’s event or a credit for next year.