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SAN FRANCISCO (WEHT)- Following the City of San Francisco’s decision to ban large gatherings over 1,000 people, the Golden State Warriors will close games to the public through March 21.

All fans who bought tickets to Wednesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets or Saturday’s G-League game between the Santa Cruz Warriors and the Austin Spurs will receive a refund for the amount paid.

The Warriors say they are still evaluating the situation and have not publically made a decision for games past March 21.

The Seattle Mariners announced it will not play games in Seattle during the month of March while Seattle Sounders FC announced it will postpone its home match against FC Dallas on March 21 after Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced a ban on public gatherings in three counties across the Seattle metro area.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says he will sign an order that will include no spectators at the NCAA First Four games in Dayton that begin March 17. DeWine said those working the event will be allowed inside, including media, but said, “the order will be that there cannot be spectators there.”

NCAA President Mark Emmert also announced that only “essential staff and limited family” will be allowed to attend the NCAA Tournament, including the Division II Elite 8, which will be held at the Ford Center.

The ACC says it will reevaluate its conference tournament after Wednesday’s games are played as scheduled.

Right now, there are not any confirmed cases of coronavirus in our Tri-State area.

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(This story was originally published on March 11, 2020)

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