Breaking: Spectator Ban Put in Effect for Home Blue Jacket Games in Light of Coronavirus Spread

By Chris Pennington on March 11, 2020 at 1:45 pm
A view of the arena prior to game four of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
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UPDATED (Wednesday, March 11, 6:10 PM ET)

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced on Wednesday evening that all remaining home games for the foreseeable future will have a spectator ban.

This statement from the club follows a Wednesday afternoon press conference from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, who made his own statement on the potential ban of mass gatherings (i.e. sports games) coming soon, in response to the Coronavirus and COVID-19 outbreak.

The Blue Jackets issued a statement on Tuesday that they would be proceeding with home game attendance allowance as normal, after Governor DeWine tweeted out a message recommending, not enforcing, that all in-arena sports contests would continue without spectators.

The Blue Jackets have made this banning ahead of the official order from the Governor, after being "in contact with the National Hockey League regarding this matter" and have chosen to "abide by the state's mandate."

Ohio currently has four confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to State Dept. of Health director Amy Acton, and 15 people are currently under investigation. To date, 14 people have tested negative for the virus. 

We'll have more on this story as it develops, including any comment from the Blue Jackets.

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