The NBA is hosting All-Star Weekend in Atlanta this year, which makes sense because it’s wide open amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


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Before the festivities kick off on March 7th, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is making it crystal clear that non-Atlanta residents aren’t welcomed.

“Under normal circumstances, we would be extremely grateful for the opportunity to host the NBA All-Star Game,” Bottoms said, per NBC Atlanta’s Chenue Her. “But this is not a typical year. I have shared my concerns related to public health and safety with the NBA and Atlanta Hawks.”

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She continued, “We are in agreement that this is a made-for-TV event only, and people should not travel to Atlanta to party. There will be no NBA-sanctioned events open to the public, and we strongly encourage promoters, clubs, bars, etc. not to host events in the city related to this game.”

Keisha Lance Bottoms double down on her statement with an Instagram post with a caption that read, “#WeFull.”