Yesterday, San Francisco Mayor London Breed banned group events of more than 1,000 attendees due to safety concerns. This ban reportedly begins Thursday and lasts for two weeks. The NBA has considered closing games and now they will — The Golden State Warriors will play in an empty home arena because of the Coronavirus.
This is reportedly the first time in NBA history that a team has played a home game without fans.
Breed said, "We know that this Order is disruptive, but it is an important step to support public health. We’re following the recommendations of public health officials to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community."
The Golden State Warriors also issued a statement, saying, "Due to escalating concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, and in consultation with the City and County of San Francisco, tomorrow night’s game vs. the Nets at Chase Center will be played without fans. Fans with tickets to this game will receive a refund in the amount paid."
ESPN reported that the NBA considering closing moving games and closing them to the public.
The Los Angeles Lakers star Lebron James initially opposed playing games without fans. With the new updates, it appears he has changed his stance.
LeBron James has a new stance on his sentiments of possibly playing games without fans in the arena https://t.co/RbmNKiOTp6— Mark Medina (@Mark Medina)1583863128.0
The Golden State Warriors may not be the only NBA team that will make the move to playing empty home games. According to ESPN, Ohio's Governor Mike DeWine recommended that indoor teams play without fans.
Due to escalating concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, and in consultation with the City and County of San… https://t.co/hWbrbMzB4N— Golden State Warriors (@Golden State Warriors)1583950210.0
The NBA has already taken precautions to remove media from locker rooms in the wake of the Coronavirus.
San Francisco's District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney also confirmed the Warriors' empty home games in an official statement on public health.
San Francisco will officially ban large events over 1000 people, including Warriors games. Effective tomorrow, th… https://t.co/bnwL0gevGj— Matt Haney (@Matt Haney)1583947726.0
"San Francisco will officially ban large events over 1000 people, including Warriors games. Effective tomorrow, the ban will last at least 2 weeks. Other counties and states have taken similar steps. Public health must be first priority."