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Report: LAFC games could be impacted by coronavirus state of emergency

Closed-door matches, cancellations are worst-case scenarios.

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The spread of the coronavirus led to Los Angeles County declaring a state of emergency on Wednesday, and that could lead to public events, such as live pro sports, being eventually impacted.

Kevin Baxter of The Los Angeles Times reported on Twitter on Wednesday that public health officials are monitoring conditions locally, after the first Californian died of the virus, and if things take a turn for the worse then sporting events could be played behind closed doors or cancelled altogether.

However, while that is a possibility, Baxter also relayed the message that those measures are not imminent, according to public health authorities.

Closed-door games are certainly not common in MLS, Los Angeles Football Club have never played a competitive game behind closed doors, for example, and fortunately spectators aren’t in the habit of being disruptive/violent/racist enough to make stadium bans that are more common elsewhere in the world a thing here, long may that last.

But Italy announced on Wednesday that all sporting events would be held behind closed doors for the next month, including all Serie A games, so while this remains a theoretical for us in Los Angeles, it is unfolding in the sport already elsewhere.

For now, authorities are monitoring the situation and LAFC’s game Sunday against the Philadelphia Union at Banc of California Stadium is expected to proceed with a full crowd. But it’s worth keeping the possibility in mind, and obviously if we get to the point that games are canceled or only held behind closed doors, that means matters have deteriorated locally, and let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

Remember to practice good hygiene in your everyday life, be smart if you are sick or not, and here’s hoping this worst-case scenario doesn’t come to pass here.

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