Rangers employees were told in an email on Thursday that “several members” of the organization had tested positive for the coronavirus, though it’s not clear how many.
“We are terrified for our safety,” a team employee told ESPN anonymously on Friday. “Terrified to share COVID-19 unknowingly, with an older employee, a pregnant co-worker or anyone else who may have some sort of underlying condition. “We all knew it would come to this. It was only a matter of time.”
Employees were reportedly urged to work at their offices at Globe Life Field earlier this month, too, something that has only added to the fear. No specific mandate was ever made to force workers to be at the offices during the coronavirus pandemic, however many were told that working from home was not an option, per the report.
More than 100 people work in the team’s executive offices at the stadium and more than 200 people are there each day, per the report. Many, employees told ESPN, are not wearing masks inside either.
The stadium has also held high school graduations in recent weeks, which has only increased the amount of people in and around the park.
The team, per the report, said it will sanitize their offices this weekend and offer coronavirus testing to employees when they return on Monday and Tuesday.
As recently as this week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said sports teams could allow attendance of up to 50% capacity for games, which would be more than 20,000 people at Globe Life Field.
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