NCAA keeping general public from men’s, women’s basketball tournaments due to coronavirus

NCAA keeping general public from men’s, women’s basketball tournaments due to coronavirus

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The National Collegiate Athletic Association is taking a stance against sporting events open to the public amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Wednesday, NCAA President Mark Emmert released the following statement on limiting attendance at NCAA events:

“The NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel recognizes the fluidity of COVID-19 and its impact on hosting events in a public space. COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in the United States, and behavioral risk mitigation strategies are the best option for slowing the spread of this disease. This is especially important because mildly symptomatic individuals can transmit COVID-19. Given these considerations, coupled with a more unfavorable outcome of COVID-19 in older adults – especially those with underlying chronic medical conditions – we recommend against sporting events open to the public. We do believe sport events can take place with only essential personnel and limited family attendance, and this protects our players, employees, and fans.”

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