Bears Suspend Team Travel, Close Facilities

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(670 The Score) The Bears are joining other NFL teams in taking precautions against the coronavirus outbreak.
The Bears announced Thursday evening that they're suspending business travel for team personnel and postponing visits for draft prospects at Halas Hall. The team has also closed its office locations and asked employees to work from home. Additionally, the Bears' draft party set for April 24 has been cancelled in conjunction with Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's mandate against large-scale events.

"The health and safety of our players, coaches and all staff is our utmost priority," the Bears said in a statement.

On Thursday, a number of NFL teams announced they were removing coaches and scouts from travel and closing team facilities to non-essential employees. The NFL also announced it cancelled the league's annual meetings, which were scheduled to begin March 29 in Palm Beach, Fla.

As of Thursday evening, the NFL hadn't altered plans for the start of the new league year and free agency period. The legal tampering period is set to open Monday, and free agency is scheduled to start Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT. The NFL also hasn't revealed potential changes to the draft, which is scheduled for April 23-25 in Las Vegas.

The Bears are scheduled to begin their offseason program on April 20. 

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.