D.C. Health Dept. recommends against 'mass gatherings' amid Coronavirus fears

Chris Lingebach
March 11, 2020 - 1:36 pm

The D.C. Department of Health issued a recommendation Wednesday aimed at curbing the spread of Coronavirus.

"DC Health recommends that non-essential mass gatherings, including conferences and conventions, be postponed or cancelled," D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Twitter. "Mass gatherings are defined as events where 1,000 or more people congregate in a specific location."

"We also recommend that any social, cultural, or entertainment events where large crowds are anticipated be reconsidered by the organizer," she added. "This recommendation is in effect through March 31."

The recommendation comes as the NBA, MLB, NHL and MLS also work to limit the reach of the virus. On Monday, the leagues issued a joint statement announcing that media would be barred from entering locker rooms, limiting media access to designated locations outside of those settings.

It's unclear what measures local professional teams will take to adhere to that recommendation. Outside of D.C., other leagues have chosen to play games without fans or canceled sporting events outright. Between the Wizards and Capitals, 12 games are scheduled to be played at Capital One Arena between now and March 31.

106.7 The Fan can confirm the Nationals have postponed their upcoming homecoming gala, their annual red-carpet event scheduled for March 23 at The Anthem. Their regular-season home opener is April 2 against the Mets.