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Columbus Blue Jackets to begin closing home games to public

As the outbreak of COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus continues to spread, sports leagues across North America and the world have been making adjustments in fan attendance policy as well as outright cancellations of matches in order to keep the public safe.

The San Jose Sharks have announced that their home games have been included in the coronavirus ban in Santa Clara County, and now the Columbus Blue Jackets home games at Nationwide Arena have been affected.

The Blue Jackets announced their game Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins would be limited “to home and visiting club personnel, credentialed media and broadcast partners, essential club and arena staff and NHL officials. The games will be closed to the public.”

The team announced that home game restricted attendance policy will be in effect for as long as the state of Ohio’s mandate on large gatherings .

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