Seattle, San Francisco, and other governments forcing sports teams to play without fans.

Kevin N. Hume / The San Francisco Examiner

Yesterday the Golden State Warriors had no intention of closing its doors to fans, but Mayor London Breed decided to force their hand in the matter. Breed issued a ban on gatherings over 1000 people just two days after Santa Clara County issued the same ban on all mass gatherings due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Warriors management expressed that fans will be able to get refunds for their tickets.

Washington and Ohio are putting similar bans in place as well. Gov. Jay Inslee announced a ban on gatherings and events of more than 250 people in the Seattle metro area in an effort to try to contain the coronavirus outbreak at a news conference on Wednesday. Ohio’s Gov. Mike DeWine says he will issue a public order limiting mass gatherings as part of a state effort to stop the spread of coronavirus. The order will ban spectators at major sports events, such as Cleveland Cavaliers and Columbus Blue Jackets games, as well as the upcoming NCAA March Madness tournaments in Dayton and Cleveland. DeWine said that members of the media will still be allowed to attend.