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Seattle-Area Sports To Cancel Events Or Proceed Without Fans

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The Seattle Mariners home-opener might be their home away from home and played in Arizona because of the coronavirus. Gov. Jay Inslee has put a ban on events that have 250 or more people and with the Mariners home-opener slated to be on March 26th, it’s likely that it will not happen at T-Mobile Park.

According to The Seattle Times, “Inslee, speaking at a news conference, said the ban is in effect through March and is likely to be extended.”

“This is not just your ordinary flu,” Inslee said of the coronavirus crisis, which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. “This is a virus that the experts tell us are at least 10 times more potentially fatal than the flu, and this demands a response consistent with the nature of the threat.”

“Starting today, I am ordering, pursuant to my emergency powers that certain events in King, Snohomish and Pierce County with more than 250 people are prohibited by order of the governor,” Inslee said. “These events that are prohibited are gathering for social, recreational, spiritual and other matters — including but not limited to community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based or sporting events. Parades, concerts, festivals, conventions, fundraisers and similar activities of that dimension are prohibited as we go forward.”