In a decision made late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that state public health officials issued an updated policy on gatherings to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19.
Public officials have determined that events and gatherings of more than 250 people should be postponed or canceled until the end of March, at the very least. If smaller events continue to go through, they are highly recommending the use of social distancing, or the act of keeping six feet away from others at all times or as much as possible during these events.
“Changing our actions for a short period of time will save the life of one or more people you know,” said Governor Newsom. “That’s the choice before us. Each of us has extraordinary power to slow the spread of this disease. Not holding that concert or community event can have cascading effects — saving dozens of lives and preserving critical health care resources that your family may need a month from now. The people in our lives who are most at risk – seniors and those with underlying health conditions — are depending on all of us to make the right choice.”
This news comes after the recent suspension of the NBA seasons and a rash of colleges and universities making the decision to extend their spring break period or transitioning to virtual instruction through the rest of the month.
As of Thursday morning, Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell became the second-known player on the team to test positive for the virus after center Rudy Gobert was found to be positive late yesterday evening. If you all haven’t seen the video, Gobert was videotaped at a press conference three days ago where he made a point to touch each microphone and tape recorder on the table before leaving the room. Now here we are.
As of right now, NCAA basketball tournament are set to be played without fans but there is a chance those events are canceled as well due to the recent decisions made by NBA and the Ivy League, who went ahead and canceled all spring sports at their schools.