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What's Closed: Events canceled or postponed due to coronavirus concerns

Posted: 11:00 AM, Mar 12, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-21 00:37:45-04
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — As concerns continue to rise over the coronavirus, many agencies are taking precautions to limit the possible spread of the infection. Here is a list of events that have been either canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus.

This list will be continuously updated as more information becomes available.

Rosemary's Family Creamery, 2733 F St. has been temporarily closed.

(UPDATE: March 20, 3:36 p.m.): Studio Movie Grill, 2733 Calloway Drive, announced they will temporarily close all locations and refund all tickets purchased and suspend billing customers an all subscription plans.

All affected employees will continue current SMG medical insurance.

Chukchansi Economic Development Authority (CEDA) and the management team at Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino announce the property will temporarily close on March 20 at 6:00 p.m. through March 31, 2020. The closure is required by the Tribe’s compact with the State of California, which mandates that the casino be operated in compliance with the Tribe's federally-approved gaming ordinance.

Sonder announced they will be closed until April 20.

(UPDATE: March 19, 8:29 a.m.): JCPenney said Thursday that it would close all stores for about two weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a press release from the company, all JCPenney stores will close beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday and will remain closed through April 2.

(UPDATE: March 18, 1:04 p.m.): The Buena Vista Museum is the latest in the list of local museumsclosing due to the coronavirus.

The museum said the closure is effective immediately and expected to last through April 14.

(UPDATE: March 16, 2:47 p.m.): The M.A.R.E Riding Center announced its 2020 Evening at the Races event has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.

(UPDATE: March 16, 2:19 p.m.): The BLVD, a local entertainment restaurant venue, announced that amid Governor Gavin Newsom's recommendation to close bars and wineries, it will be closed for the foreseeable future.

Temblor Brewing Company, however, said it is still open for business and is operating at half-capacity in line with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recommendation.

(UPDATE: March 16, 1:14 p.m.): The Kern County Museum and the Bakersfield Museum of Art both announced closures amid the coronavirus.

The Kern County Museum announced it will be closing Wednesday and canceling all of its spring events in response to COVID-19. The Museum said its Lori Brock Children’s Discovery Center will also be closed effective Wednesday through April 17, 2020. The Museum is also canceling their Spring Break Camp Discover at Lori Brock, all school tours, and California History Day.

The museum has also canceled all docent training and the Spring Lecture Series.

The Village Flea Spring event scheduled for April 19 and the Haggard Boxcar Music Festival scheduled for May 9 have both been postponed.

“We will look at rescheduling these popular community events at a later date, “ said Mike McCoy, Executive Director.

(UPDATE: March 16, 10:45 a.m.): CAPK is canceling it's "Stuff the Bus" food drive that was scheduled for Friday, March 27 at the Valley Plaza parking lot and 23ABC studios. CPAK plans to reschedule the event, but no date was provided at this time.

(UPDATE: March 16, 10:08 a.m.): The 4th Annual CSUB Hair Cut-A-Thon has been postponed over concerns about the coronavirus.

The Blackboard Barbershop Cut a Thon, benefiting the Roadrunner Scholarship Fund is a fundraiser held at the iconic barbershop.

It was scheduled to take place March 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. A new date will be announced.

(UPDATE: March 16, 9:14 a.m.): The city of Taft is cancelling their Coffee with a Cop event that was scheduled for this week. It will be rescheduled, but no future date has been announced at this time.

(UPDATE: March 16, 9:00 a.m.): The NFL said Monday the 2020 college draft would still take place on April 23-25, but it was canceling the public events surrounding the event in Las Vegas. The league said that it still plans on televising the event, but did not go into specifics.

(UPDATE: March 16, 8:32 a.m.): The Celtic Woman tour scheduled for Mechanics Bank Arena for May 6th has been postponed. The released the following statement:

"Unfortunately, the current Celtic Woman Celebration tour has been postponed. First and foremost, our primary concern is the safety and wellness of our audiences, cast and crew. We are carefully monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and are following the recommendations from the CDC and are communicating with the local venues regarding what local authorities are saying. Tickets for the show May 6th in Bakersfield will be honored at a to be announced rescheduled date in 2021. Rescheduled tour dates will be announced soon. For more information check"

(UPDATE: March 16, 8:00 a.m.): Here's a list of the following closures and when those closures are set to start:

  • Mojave Unified School District, extending Spring Break until April 14th
  • Tehachapi Unified School District, closure starting Wednesday
  • Delano Joint Union High School District , closure starting Wednesday
  • Greenfield Union School District, closure starting Wednesday
  • Fairfax School District, closure starting Wednesday
  • Panama-Buena Vista Union School District, closure starting Wednesday
  • Bakersfield City School District, closure starting Wednesday
  • Sierra Sands Unified School District, closure starting Tuesday
  • Taft City School District, closure starting Wednesday
  • Taft Unified School District, closure starting Wednesday
  • Grimmway Academy in Arvin and Shafter, closure starting Wednesday
  • McFarland Unified School District, closure starting Wednesday
  • Delano Unified School District, closure starting Wednesday

Some individual schools announced they will be canceling classes:

  • Bakersfield Christian High School, closure starting Monday
  • St. John's Lutheran School, closure starting Monday

(UPDATE: March 15, 5:04 p.m.)
According to Wynn Resorts, the company will close its Wynn Las Vegas and Encore hotels to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The company says all full-time Wynn and Encore employees will receive pay during the closure.

The closure will be effective Tuesday, March 17th at 6 p.m., and is expected to be in effect for two weeks.

(UPDATE: March 14, 8:17 p.m.)
California City suspends all activities, sponsored events and gatherings due to coronavirus concerns, according to the California City Government Office.

The Senior Center, Strata Center, Arts and Community Center and all City Hall meetings are also suspended, a press release sent Saturday by the California City Police Department states.

(UPDATE: March 14, 4:20 p.m.): The Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science announced it will be closing as a result of the coronavirus. The museum issued the following statement:

"The Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science will be closed to the public from March 15th-29th, 2020, This decision was not made lightly, but on the recommendation from The California Department of Public Health regarding concerns to help limit exposure of the COVID-19 Virus. We do not know of any staff or visitors who have been exposed, however, Health and Safety for-all is our main concern. All events scheduled in March through the museum have been cancelled or postponed to a later date. We are taking this one week at a time. Please keep an eye on our Website for further updates. We thank you in advance for understanding during this unprecedented time."

(UPDATE: March 13, 8:45 p.m.): Universal Orlando Resort will temporarily close its theme park and Blue Man Group shows beginning Monday, March 16. Officials said they anticipate being closed through the end of March, but will continue to evaluate the situation.

(UPDATE: March 13, 6 p.m.): The Bridge Bible Church announced it is canceling services.

In a video message from Pastor Jeff Gowling, he announced this is in response to the coronavirus.

You can watch the full video below:

(UPDATE: March 13, 5 p.m.):The Catholic Diocese of Fresno is suspending all daily and weekend Masses as of Monday due to the coronavirus outbreak.

(UPDATE 4:30 p.m.): Lighting in a Bottle Festival canceled.

(UPDATE: March 13, 3:59 p.m.): Fresno Pacific University is temporarily suspending all in-person, on-campus classes from Monday, March 16, through Saturday, March 21.

During that week it will equip faculty to conduct all classes online through April 12, after which time it will assess the situation and review the plan to see how best to complete the semester. This will apply to students in the traditional undergraduate, bachelor’s degree completion, graduate and seminary programs.

(UPDATE: March 13, 3:28 p.m.): House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday evening that she has reached a deal with the White House to pass an $8.3 billion spending bill, aimed at minimizing the economic effects of coronavirus.

The bill is expected to be voted on tonight with bipartisan support.

(UPDATE: Marh 13, 3:06 p.m.): Six Flags Magic Mountain has announced that it is closing temporarily.

In a statement posted on social media, the park in Valencia, California, says that it committed to the healthy and safety of its park guests and team members.

The park is suspending operations until the end of March and will re-evaluate the situation at that time.

(UPDATE: March 13, 12:25 p.m.): The Fox Theater is postponing all events through the end of March.

(UPDATE: March 13, 12:20 p.m.): CSUB programming announced Runner Nights has been postponed until further notice. Anyone who purchased tickets will be refunded via their original method of payment. We are sorry for the inconvenience and if anyone has questions, you can contact our office.

(UPDATE: March 13, 12:10 p.m.):The April 8 performance of Baby Shark Live! at Mechanics Bank Theater has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date to be announced. Ticketholders should keep their current tickets, which will be valid for the rescheduled performance. Refunds will also be offered at point-of-purchase.

(UPDATE: March 13, 12:10 p.m.): The Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office said there are currently no local or statewide recommendations from public health or the governors office about school closures in Kern County.

"As an educational community, we are currently working very diligently on this topic and will keep you updated as we learn more...We will update you as more info becomes available."

(UPDATE: March 13, 11:57 a.m.): Garces Memorial High School announced Friday it is closing its campus out of an abundance of caution regarding the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The decision was made at the diocesan level in consultation with Bishop Joseph Brennan, Superintendent Mona Faulkner, Monsignor Perry Kavookjian and Principal Myka Peck.

While the physical campus is closed, Garces said it will have an extensive plan to continue education through online class instruction, thanks, in part, to iPad technology. Teachers will use the ZOOM app to teach lessons virtually and all class materials will be uploaded on iTunes U. Each student’s iPad will become their virtual classroom and we will continue to follow the regular block schedule.

To make the transition to online learning as smooth as possible, students spent time in each of their classes over the last few days logging onto the app and signing into a class meeting with each of their teachers.

"We understand this immediate transition is not ideal, however online learning is part of 21st century learning. As a college preparatory school, this provides us an opportunity to help prepare students for their future," said Mary Kate Paquette, spokesperson for Garces Memorial High School.

Regarding athletics and all extra-curricular activities, those too are suspended until further notice. This includes all games and practices.

As of this time, Garces plans to be back inside buildings on March 30 tentatively.

(UPDATE 11:55 a.m.):Kern County Public Health is currently monitoring 10 people for coronavirus, according to a briefing Friday morning.

Public health spokesperson Michelle Corson said there are still no confirmed cases in the county. Around the state, there are 198 confirmed cases and 4 coronavirus-related deaths.

(UPDATE 6:24 p.m.):

(UPDATE 6 p.m.): Following recommendations from the Office of the Governor of California, the Bakersfield Police Department is taking precautionary measures in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

At this time, there will be no changes to any calls for service response protocols. BPD wants to remind the public of its telephonic and online reporting systems in place to aid in responding to service requests that are not emergencies, or that are no longer in progress.

The community is encouraged to continue to use these reporting platforms in order to preserve public safety availability for emergencies.

For non-emergencies, contact the Bakersfield Police Department Communications Center at (661) 327-7111.

The online reporting system is accessible on the Bakersfield Police Department’s webpage:

Effective immediately, the lobby counter services at the Bakersfield Police Department Headquarters (1601 Truxtun Avenue) and the Westside Substation (1301 Buena Vista Road) will be closed until further notice.

(UPDATE 5:30 p.m.): The City of Bakersfield is taking precautionary measures amid concerns over the coronavirus. Those measures include the following steps:

  • The March 25th City Council Meeting is planned to take place as originally scheduled with an abbreviated agenda. In-person public comments will still be accepted at the meeting, however, the public is encouraged to submit public comments for that meeting via the City Clerk’s Office at
  • Nonessential board, commission, and committee meetings will be postponed to later dates.
  • All City-hosted community meetings scheduled through March 31 are postponed until further notice.
  • The postponement of previously permitted special events scheduled to be held through the end of March, including special events scheduled at City parks. Application fees may be refunded, or the event may be rescheduled to a later date. Attendees or participants should contact respective event organizers to find out potential impact.
  • The suspension of Recreation & Parks Department programs provided to the public through the end of March, with the exception of the after-school meal programs at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center.
  • City Community Centers and pools will be CLOSED to the public until the end of March.
  • Mesa Marin Sports Complex, Kaiser Permanente Sports Village and Aera Park will be CLOSED to the public through the end of March.
  • The low-cost Community Vaccination Clinic scheduled for Saturday, March 14 has been postponed to a later date and will be rescheduled.
  • Specific impacts to scheduled events at the Mechanics Bank Arena, Convention Center and Theater, as well as the Spectrum Amphitheatre will be determined by the facility manager AEG. Any questions regarding event schedules or ticketing should be directed to AEG.

(UPDATE 5:01 p.m.): The upcoming Dustin Lynch concert, scheduled for Saturday at Mechanics Bank Arena, has been postponed to a later date. Ticketholders should keep their current tickets, which will be valid for the new date. Those who cannot attend the new date can request a refund at their point-of-purchase.

(UPDATE 4:52 p.m.): The Kern High School District is canceling all academic competitions, all theatre, music, and other performances, all field trips, and all staff professional development effective immediately and through April 14, 2020.

The District will continue to evaluate the situation and will extend the cancellation date as needed.

(UPDATE 4:31 p.m.): The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced a temporary suspension of all public gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.

(UPDATE 4:19 p.m.): The Kern High School District has officially canceled all sporting events through April 13.

(UPDATE 4:10 p.m.): Universal Studios Hollywood is falling in line with Disneyland as it announces it too will close due to concerns over the coronavirus.

The theme park released the following statement:

The health and safety of our team members and guests is always our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution and in response to the guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health, Universal Studios Hollywood will temporarily close beginning Saturday, March 14. The theme park anticipates reopening on March 28 as we continue to monitor the situation.

Universal CityWalk will remain open. We will provide timely updates as conditions evolve.

The Universal and Disney theme parks’ call to close up shop for a spell come less than a day after California Gov. Gavin Newsom heavily recommended no gatherings of more than 250 people in the Golden State.

(UPDATE 4:00 p.m.): The Delano Police Department announced Thursday afternoon that they will be limiting in-person responses to life-threatening or emergency calls only. This will take effect through April 1. All non-life-threatening emergencies will be handled over the phone.

(UPDATE 3:42 p.m.): The Kern County Fire Department’s Chief David Witt has announced that until further notice all non-emergency community event support, ride alongs, and station tours have been suspended.

"With the rising concerns related to Coronavirus COVID-19, the decision was made out of an abundance of caution and with our community and fire personnel’s safety and health as our highest priority. Please be assured that all fire department activity related to 911 emergencies is ongoing," the release said.

(UPDATE 3:32 p.m.): Kern County announced it is canceling all non-essential special events of 250 persons or greater at all County-owned parks and facilities, at least through the end of March.

(UPDATE 3:30 p.m.): Cal State University, Bakersfield announced Thursday it have been instructed to prepare to move classes online.

According to CSUB, all on-campus, in-person classes will be suspended for the rest of the spring semester.

(UPDATE 3:24 p.m.): Bakersfield National Cemetery, Unaccompanied Veteran Ceremony scheduled for March 19, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

According to the cemetery, the NCA is postponing all events and ceremonies (excluding burial services) that are scheduled to occur at the national cemeteries between now and April 15, 2020.

Cemetery Operations is providing guidance for immediate implementation regarding public gatherings at national cemeteries and is conducting a data call for events and ceremonies postponed (now through April 15, 2020) and scheduled (April 16, 2020 through Memorial Day).

(UPDATE 2:23 p.m.): Bakersfield College released a statement saying that future sporting events will be open to student-athletes, coaches and officials. They released the following statement:

Effective immediately and until further notice, the Bakersfield College Athletic Department has limited attendance at all athletic events to participating student-athletes, coaches and officials. These measures were taken with an abundance of caution for the health and well-being of our student athletes and campus community and to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Live streams of softball and baseball games will still be available to fans at no cost. Click here to access the stream:

Bakersfield College Athletics continues to work with the college and CCCAA officials to monitor this very fluid situation. For campus updates to the situation visit the college's COVID-19 page:

(UPDATE 1:53 p.m.): The Bakersfield National Cemetery Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony has been postponed until further notice.

According to the cemetery, the NCA is postponing all events and ceremonies (excluding burial services) that are scheduled to occur at the national cemeteries between now and April 15, 2020.

Cemetery Operations is providing guidance for immediate implementation regarding public gatherings at national cemeteries and is conducting a data call for events and ceremonies postponed (now through April 15, 2020) and scheduled (April 16, 2020 through Memorial Day).

(UPDATE 1:45 p.m.): The Central Valley Sportsmen’s Boat and RV Show has been postponed to May due to concerns over the coronavirus.

The event was set to take place this weekend at the Kern County Fairgrounds, but now will be held May 15 -17.

“We continue to closely monitor the evolving coronavirus situation and are committed to following the facts and recommendations provided by public health officials,” the fair said.

(UPDATE 1:39 p.m.)

(UPDATE 1:34 p.m.) The annual Campout Against Cancer celebration, which was expected to take place on March 27 and 28 has been postponed.

“For the safety and precaution of survivors, participants and the general community, it’s in our best interest we reschedule our event to further help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus,” said executive director Michelle Avila.

This decision comes in light of the new policy issued by the Department of Public Health, where Governor Gavin Newsom urges public events be limited to no more than 250 people and shouldn’t process unless organization could ensure at least 6 feet of distance between attendees.

(UPATE 1:29 p.m.) The upcoming Delano Police Department Block Party has been postponed out of an abundance of caution amid coronavirus fears. Officials said they hope to reschedule the event in May.

(UPDATE 1:20 p.m.) Following the announcement of the AHL pausing its season, the Bakersfield Condors have released the following statement:

With the health and safety of our players, officials, staff and fans of primary importance, the American Hockey League has announced the suspension of play until further notice, effective immediately, due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
The AHL will continue to monitor developments and will provide updates on the 2019-20 season at the appropriate time.
The Condors will be communicating to ticket holders, partners and other affected parties with information as soon it becomes available.. The team will return home to Bakersfield from Grand Rapids, Michigan where the team was slated to play two games against the Grand Rapids Griffins.

(UPDATE 1 p.m.) Mechanics Bank Arena has confirmed that the Jojo Siwa show has been postponed amid coronavirus. The show is now scheduled for June 12.

(UPDATE 12:21 p.m.) The Kern County Superintendent of Schools announced Thursday that, although they have no plans to close schools in Kern County at this time, non-essential gatherings and travel being canceled or postponed to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

"Schools are an essential service, providing education, meals, security and resources for our children and families,"KCSOS said in a statement. "Based on guidance released on March 7, 2020 from the California Department of Education and California Department of Public Health, there are no recommendation for school closures in Kern County at this time. The Kern County Superintendent of Schools and local school districts will remain diligent in working with public health officials to monitor this very fluid situation."

Kern County school districts and programs operated by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools have been advised to immediately:

  • Suspend all non-essential out-of-county travel effective immediately through the end of March or until further notice.
  • Suspend all out-of-county athletic competitions and other performances through the end of March or until further notice.
  • Cancel or postpone all out-of-county and local student field trips through the end of March or until further notice.
  • Cancel or postpone any large, district-sponsored gatherings with more than 250 people through the end of March or until further notice.
  • Consider options for social distancing efforts within the traditional school setting with special consideration being applied to high-risk individuals (the elderly, people with compromised immune systems, and people with serious chronic medical issues such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease).

(UPDATE 12:16 p.m.) NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball delays opening day by at least 2 weeks, suspends spring training schedule.

(UPDATE 12:00 p.m.) The Los Angeles County Air Show announced the cancellation of the 2020 Air Show “Aerospace Valley, USA®”, originally scheduled for March 21 and 22. The cancellation comes at the guidance and direction of Los Angeles County, federal, local and state health officials.

This comes at the guidance & direction of LA County, federal, local and state health officials.

— LA County Air Show (@LACountyAirShow) March 12, 2020

There will be no cash refunds for purchased tickets. Los Angeles County Air Show, Inc. is exploring the possibility of honoring purchased tickets at their 2021 event.

(UPDATE 11:54 a.m.) The Leaders in Life Youth concert scheduled for Thursday at Mechanics Bank Arena has been canceled.

The Kern County Superintendent of Schools released the following:

We regret this last-minute decision and notice, but we want to ensure we are focused on the safety and security of Kern County students and our greater community.

(UPDATE 11:48 a.m.) The Bakersfield Speedway announced they are dropping the 'black flag' on Saturday's race.

The speedway released the following statement on their website:

State and county recommendations regarding Coronavirus restrictions have force postponement of this Saturday’s race program at the Bakersfield Speedway. We will continue to update the status of the racing for the remainder of March on a weekly basis. Thank you for your continued support.

(UPDATE 11:32 a.m.) AP— Broadway theaters to suspend performances through April 12.

Our sister station in San Diego is reporting that Governor Gavin Newsom said Disneyland and other California theme parks are exempt from cancellations of non-essential events of over 250 people due to “complex” and "unique" circumstances.

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California governor: Guidance on limiting large gatherings likely to extend beyond March, will affect pro baseball games.

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is postponing a planned Statewide Shoulder Tap Operation scheduled for this Saturday, March 14. ABC has decided to hold off on the operation and avoid putting young volunteer decoys into situations that could increase their contact with the public and potentially increase their exposure to the Coronavirus – COVID 19.

The Veteran's Appreciation Benefit that was scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 at Liberty High School has been

The Bakersfield Condors are delaying practice in Grand Rapids and awaiting word on any further decision.

In the meantime ...

— Ryan Holt (@CondorsHolty) March 12, 2020

The March 13 roundtable with Rep. TJ Cox (CA-21) has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns. No word on if it will be rescheduled.

Honor Flight Network announced that it will be postponing all flights nationally through April 30 in response to the growing health concerns over the coronavirus.

Major League Baseball has not announced any changes to their spring training so far, however ESPN is following closely the possibility.

That feeling is shared by many, many in the game.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 12, 2020

The Trump administration is working on plans to delay the April 15 federal tax deadline for some taxpayers in a bid to soften the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the U.S. economy.

Major League Soccer (MLS) is suspending its season for 30 days, effective immediately, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

A Western Athletic Conference women's basketball game between CSU Bakersfield and Grand Canyon in Las Vegas has been postponed until Thursday after a player got sick and was taken to the hospital to be tested for coronavirus.

The National Hockey League is the latest to postpone its season amid concerns of COVID-19, better known as coronavirus, ESPN reports.

The entertainment industry is a business predicated on drawing crowds in theaters, cinemas and concert venues. But it is bracing for potential shutdown in the coming weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The virus' spread and dawning awareness of its reach has already forced the cancellation of all major imminent events on the calendar, including South by Southwest, CinemaCon, Coachella, Stagecoach and vital television events like the NBA season.

Thursday, John Krasinski announced that the release of his film, “A Quiet Place Part 2,” will be pushed back due to the virus.

Also on Thursday, it was announced that ninth installment in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise will be suspended.

Several college basketball conferences announced Thursday that they had canceled their postseason tournaments amid the novel coronavirus.

The American Athletic Conference, the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big Ten, Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, the Pac-12 Conference, the Southeastern Conference, the Southland Conferenceand the Western Athletic Conference announced Thursday that they are all canceling their men's basketball tournaments amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the California Interscholastic Federation ("CIF"), they are canceling all remaining state basketball championship games.

The released the following statement on Twitter:

The California Interscholastic Federation ("CIF") has canceled all remaining CIF State Basketball Championship games. This includes regional finals scheduled for March 12, 2020, and the CIF State finals scheduled for March 13-14, 2020 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. This decision was made after careful deliberation and in the primary interest of protecting the health and safety of our member schools, fans, and most importantly, our student-athletes. While we understand this decision is disappointing, we strongly believe that the opportunity to compete in this event does not outweigh our obligation to place the health and safety of our member schools and school communities above all else.

The NBA has confirmed its season has been suspended after a player has tested positive on Wednesday for coronavirus.

The Thunder and Jazz were moments from tipoff when a trainer approached referees. Moments later, players, coaches and referees left the court. The game was then suspended.