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In an attempt to slow community spread of the coronavirus, Santa Clara County banned all public gatherings of over 1,000 people, which applies to San Jose Sharks games at SAP Center.
During a Monday night press conference, officials announced the ban does not apply to airports, shopping malls, grocery stores or offices, and is enforceable by both the sheriff’s office and local police departments. It goes into effect on Wednesday, and could last three weeks.
In response, the San Jose Sharks said they will adhere to the guidelines, but are not ready to announce how they will proceed with the upcoming three home games that coincide with the ban.
“No events are scheduled at SAP Center until Tues., March 17,” the team wrote in a statement. “We will be reviewing each scheduled event due to take place for the rest of the month and provide an update in the coming days. We appreciate the understanding and patience of our fans, guests and partners during this unprecedented time.”
The Sharks could play upcoming home games without any fans present as Italian sports leagues have done in recent days, or the games could possibly be moved to a different location.
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