San Francisco's Mayor London Breed announced on Tuesday that in order to prioritize the public's health amidst the spread of coronavirus, the Health Officer of San Francisco is to issue an order prohibiting all events with 1,000 or more persons, including Warriors games and concerts at the Chase Center. The order will be issued on Wednesday, March 12th and will be effective within the next 24 hours and last for two weeks, according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle.
"This order mirrors actions being taken by other local governments and is informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. We know canceling these events is a challenge for everyone and we've been talking with venues and event organizers about the need to protect public health," said Breed.
The Golden State Warriors official Twitter account has already sent out a message explaining that tomorrow night's game versus the Nets will be played without fans and those with tickets will receive a full refund. All events at the Chase Center through March 21st will be cancelled or postponed including Friday night's Tame Impala concert.
Furthermore, the San Francisco Giants have also had to cancel their upcoming March 24th exhibition game against the Oakland A's at Oracle Park. They are still finalizing alternative arrangements.
"We know that this Order is disruptive, but it is an important step to support public health," Breed said in her statement.
Previously, the city's Health Director issued a ban on events in city-owned venues and encouraged other private event organizers to follow. With Wednesday's order, these private entities will be forced to comply.
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