SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – In response to the growing coronavirus pandemic, some cities and counties in the Bay Area and nationwide are banning large events in an effort to combat the spread of the virus.

Below are the counties that have banned large events, events that have been postponed or canceled, and venues that are now closed.

Santa Clara County

All large gatherings of at least 1,000 people were originally banned for the rest of the month in Santa Clara County, where the most coronavirus cases are being reported in the Bay Area.

In a press conference Friday, Santa Clara County Officials banned events with 100 or more people and restricted gatherings of 35 people or more.

  • Winchester Mystery House closed until April 1

San Mateo County

San Mateo County is banning all public or private gatherings of over 50 people from March 15 through April 6.

San Francisco

The City of San Francisco originally ordered a two-week ban on both public and private events of more than 1,000 people.

On Friday, March 13, the San Francisco Department of Public Health decided to ban all non-essential events with 100 or more people.

Performances of “Hamilton” at the Orpheum Theater and Sting’s show “The Last Ship” at the Golden Gate Theater are canceled.

Restrictions are in place through March 25 but can be extended if necessary.

Public schools will remain open for now, but city leaders are asking parents to have a plan in case schools are forced to close.


The City of Oakland is banning events larger than 1,000 people at city-owned venues. This includes the city’s Convention Center, the Paramount Theater, and the Fox Theater. Events at the Oakland Coliseum and Arena have also been canceled.

For now, the ban lasts until March 31, and some shows will be rescheduled if possible.

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