Three San Jose Sharks’ home games will be affected by a new mandatory Santa Clara County bylaw that sees all events that contain crowds of over 1,000 people banned.

The ban comes following a recent string of confirmed coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County in Northern California – the same county that the San Jose Sharks play their home games in. The County also recently announced the first death due to the virus. The average age of people affected is 58.

The Sharks’ home games at SAP Center on March 19 (Montreal Canadiens), March 21 (Boston Bruins), and March 29 (Arizona Coyotes) will all be affected. The ban is in effect at least until the end of March. The Sharks released the following statement about the situation:

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The ban will come into effect at 12:00 AM local time on March 11. The County described a “mass gathering” as any event that brings together one thousand or more people in a single room or single space at the same time. The only exceptions are at airports, shopping malls, and other spaces where 1,000 or more people may be in transit. Typical office environments, as well as retail or grocery stores where large numbers of people are present, are also exempt from the ban.

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There are currently 43 active cases in Santa Clara County.

The ban comes following the cancellation of other sporting events due to the coronavirus, including the Indian Wells tennis tournament and the IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championships.

Featured photo courtesy of Ed Szczepanski / USA Today Sports

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