Big events banned in Seattle, San Francisco as virus hits NBA, MLB

Mariners moving games, Warriors going fanless

Big events banned in Seattle, San Francisco as virus hits NBA, MLB
Golden State Warriors' Eric Paschall, left, drives the ball past Los Angeles Clippers' Rodney McGruder (19) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in San Francisco. (Source: AP Photo/Ben Margot)

(AP/Gray News) — Authorities are banning large gatherings in the hard-hit Seattle area and in San Francisco, including pro baseball and basketball games, in the most sweeping efforts yet to control the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.

Golden State will play Brooklyn in an empty arena, and the Seattle Mariners are looking for a temporary home as sports teams try to slow the coronavirus outbreak.

The Warriors announced they would go ahead with Thursday night’s game, but without fans.

San Francisco has banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people.

The Mariners and Major League Baseball have not announced where they will play the team’s first two series, against Texas and Minnesota.

Also affected are home games of the Seattle Sounders in the MLS and the Seattle Dragons of the XFL.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has banned crowds of more than 250 people in Seattle. The city has been the hardest-hit U.S. city.

Nationally, the NCAA has closed March Madness games to the public.

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