The New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says that if professional sporting events were to resume in 2020, it would likely be without fans to start with - putting the US Open Grand Slam tournament at risk of being held without fans if the event is held at all this year.
Speaking to CNN, de Blasio commented, "I think we all are missing sports. Everyone who is a fan is missing it deeply, but that’s again, exactly the point. If we move too quick, we put 50,000 people in Yankee Stadium and that’s part of why you see a resurgence of the disease that would be the worst of all worlds.
So, I think that’s one of the things later in the trajectory. We have to first prove that we can contain this disease. To get to the next phase literally means getting to the point where we know each individual person who has contracted the coronavirus.
We’re tracing all of their contacts, we’re doing isolation and quarantine for anyone who needs it. We’re testing all the time. That’s months away to begin with that we get all that right. You can’t have sporting events and big crowds until you can prove that you’ve brought this disease down to something very limited and you’re holding there because again, you know one false move – take our foot off the gas, we will regret it.
We got one chance. We got one chance to actually contain this thing and then we can do a proper smart restart and if we do it too soon, I guarantee you, we will regret it”. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that large gatherings like sporting events or concerts may not resume in the city before 2021.
Garcetti was speaking to CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room" where he commented, "It's difficult to imagine us getting together in the thousands anytime soon, so I think we should be prepared for that this year.
I think we all have never wanted science to work so quickly. But until there's either a vaccine, some sort of pharmaceutical intervention, or herd immunity, the science is the science. And public health officials have made very clear we have miles and miles to walk before we can be back in those environments."
The comments are not a good indicator for the summer hardcourt events in the United States. As of now, all professional tennis tournaments till July 13th have been cancelled with the ATP saying that the a further call will be taken by June 1st.