With COVID-19 now declared an official pandemic by the World Health Organization, large gathering of people are being cancelled left and right as organizations attempt to stop the spread of the virus. The latest cancellation is the last three stops on the Rogers Hometown Hockey tour, which features a weekend festival with community activities, with a live telecast on Sunday evening.
The last three broadcasts were to take place in North Vancouver March 15th and 16th, Campbell River, B.C. on March 21st and 22nd and Edmonton on March 28th and 29th.
The popular show is usually aimed and kids and their parents and feature noteworthy hockey players from the area in which the broadcasts are taking place, as well as musical acts and other festivities.
In addition to this, both the Columbus Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks announced today that their home games scheduled for March will take place in mostly empty stadiums, as only media, team staff and officials will be allowed in their respective arenas. TSN Insider Pierre LeBrun quoted a source as telling him delaying the regular season is at least one option on the table for the league as it does its part to contain the pandemic.