Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on NBA All-Star Sport — Followers should not come to metropolis to social gathering

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, whose metropolis was picked to host the NBA All-Star Sport and abilities competitions on March 7, raised main considerations Tuesday concerning the notion of followers coming to town for the occasions.

“Individuals shouldn’t journey to Atlanta to social gathering,” she mentioned in a press release.

“Beneath regular circumstances, we’d be extraordinarily grateful for the chance to host the NBA All-Star sport, however this isn’t a typical yr,” Bottoms mentioned. “I’ve shared my considerations associated to public well being and security with the NBA and Atlanta Hawks. We’re in settlement that this can be a made-for-TV occasion solely, and other people shouldn’t journey to Atlanta to social gathering.”

Bottoms additionally mentioned there might be “no NBA-sanctioned occasions open to the general public” and that town strongly encourages native companies “to not host occasions within the metropolis associated to this sport.”

4-time NBA MVP LeBron James, two-time reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, two-time NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and others have spoken out in current days to precise their unhappiness concerning the thought of taking part in an All-Star Sport throughout a pandemic — and wedging it into an already jam-packed and truncated season.

The NBA instructed groups Monday that strict protocols might be in place for the All-Star occasions: Gamers might be allowed a really restricted variety of company; all members should journey to Atlanta personal automobile or airplane; and for probably the most half, gamers might be allowed to go away their lodges just for All-Star occasions on the enviornment.

Tickets won’t be bought. The Atlanta Journal-Structure reported earlier this week that some vaccinated front-line employees might be invited to attend, however there won’t be occasions for most people — an apparent change from previous All-Star Weekends, which magnetize tens of hundreds of followers for the sport, events and ambiance.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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