ATLANTA — Basketball fans are beginning to arrive in Atlanta today ahead of Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game.
That’s despite pleas from Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for fans to stay away, and bars and nightclubs not to hold events in the city.
But that’s exactly what is happening. Local businesses are banking on fans coming to Atlanta and spending money.
Even though there are no tickets for the event being held at State Farm Arena, many people just want to be in the atmosphere. Many local nightclubs and bars have already said they plan to hold events for the game. Because of that, the Atlanta police department has already canceled days off for their officers and are working 12-hour shifts to keep everyone safe.
Police also have a message for those who plan to come to Atlanta: Follow COVID-19 safety protocols, wear your mask and try to stay 6-feet apart. When it comes to safety, they want our visitors to know they will lock you up if you’re causing trouble.
“But we are prepared in Atlanta. If there is any type of crime or level of violence, my men and women are assigned to investigations. We are ready to do what we do every day and night to solve crimes and hold people who commit acts of violence within our city, to hold them responsible,” said Atlanta Police Deputy Chief Charles Hampton Jr.
Police will also have a heavier presence on the street this weekend.