Johns Hopkins says no spectators allowed during first two rounds of NCAA Division III Tournament
Fears of coronavirus impacting live sports in the United States have come to fruition.
Johns Hopkins University announced late Thursday that it will still be a first-round site for the NCAA Division III Tournament that begins Friday, but no spectators will be allowed.
"In light of Maryland's recently confirmed cases of COVID-19, and based on CDC guidance for large gatherings, we have determined that it is prudent to hold this tournament without spectators," the school said in a statement.
Maryland reported its first three cases of coronavirus Thursday, all of which were located in Montgomery County. Johns Hopkins University is located in Baltimore.
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One of the teams playing in the event this weekend, Yeshiva University, has canceled all of its classes through March 10 after a student at the New York City school tested positive for the disease.
Earlier Thursday, a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel near Baltimore canceled the reservation of the Yeshiva basketball team over fears of the coronavirus.
“I made it very clear to the hotel that it’s discrimination,” Yeshiva coach Elliott Steinmetz said, according to the Associated Press.
A statement from Johns Hopkins said those who purchased tickets the this weekend's games can obtain a refund.
Yeshiva tips off against Worcester Polytechnic Institute at 1 p.m. Johns Hopkins hosts Penn State Harrisburg at 6 p.m., with the winners meeting Sunday.
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