The Columbus Blue Jackets aren’t afraid of the coronavirus outbreak.
On Tuesday, the team announced that it will continue to allow fans at games despite a recommendation from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine that events at indoor sports and entertainment facilities be conducted without spectators due to the coronavirus.
Here is how the Jackets explained their decision in a statement:
“We have been in contact with the National Hockey League and, given the facts before us, it has been determined that our scheduled games, including this Thursday vs. Pittsburgh and Saturday vs. Nashville, will go on as scheduled and be open to ticketed fans that wish to attend.”The team also recommended that guests at higher risk, such as elderly people and those with pre-existing health issues, should avoid large-scale public events.
There are three confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ohio, but many fear the virus will spread.
This all started in the NHL with the San Jose Sharks, who released a statement saying they will abide by Santa Clara County’s ban of large gatherings exceeding 1,000 people. As of Monday, Santa Clara County had 43 reported cases of coronavirus and one death.