The Golden State Warriors are being pressured by San Francisco officials to cancel games.

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The Golden State Warriors will continue playing games at their new Chase Center despite the spread of the recent coronavirus, as well as the pleas of multiple San Francisco officials according to Mission Local’s Joe Eskenazi. Several sporting events in the neighboring Santa Clara County have already been canceled by mandatory order of the county’s Public Health Department, including three San Jose Sharks home games.

The office of San Francisco mayor London Breed also released a number of recommendations on Friday to combat the spread of the virus, including the cancellation of “non-essential events.” Sporting events were mentioned specifically by name in the recommendations of large gatherings that should be canceled or postponed. According to Mission Local, the Warriors were directly presented with the recommendations and declined.

“I have personally spoken to the head of the Warriors organization, Rick Welts,” said San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin. “I have expressed my desire that they do this voluntarily before, in the days ahead, we do it as an emergency public health order. It’s not a matter of ‘if.’ It’s a matter of ‘when.’ I hope they come to that conclusion before we make them come to that conclusion.”