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Oakland bans events with 1,000+ people at city-owned venues

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OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) — The city of Oakland has banned city-owned venues hosting events with more than 1,000 people as the novel coronavirus continues to spread.

Oakland City Administrator Sabrina Landreth issued an order, effective immediately, that large events scheduled between March 12 and March 21 shall be postponed or canceled.

Officials emphasized this is only for city-owned venues like Fox, Paramount and the convention center.

Despite disappointment over shows now canceled this month, fans say it’s probably for the better.

“Whatever the professionals, the experts think is best for stopping the spread of this virus I’m on board with whatever that is so if that means shutting down every concert and event I’m okay with that,” Natasha Ellis said. “I’d rather not have it spread and just keep it contained. It’s worth a couple days of staying in or weeks maybe but I think its worth not getting sick.”

Neighboring businesses say the venue’s usually drive in more business.

“A lot of people come to have drinks before the shows and its good for us,” Michael Golondrina said.

But now with canceled events at places like the Fox Theater, owner of Somar Bar Michael Golondrina says they might see a dip in customers.

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In addition, all events planned to be held at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum, have been canceled until March 31.

We are unwavering in our support of public health, and ensuring the safety of our community is our top priority. Following the City of Oakland and Alameda County’s announcement today prohibiting public gatherings of 1,000 people or more through the end of March, the Oakland A’s are working with Major League Baseball on alternative plans for our games that will be impacted at the Oakland Coliseum.

We will provide more information about our plans for the games, including our ticket policy for impacted games, as soon as possible.

Oakland Athletics

“Our first priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of all Oaklanders, as well as those who visit our city,” Mayor Libby Schaaf said.

Although there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Oakland, officials are taking precautions.

The World Health Organization announced Wednesday that it officially declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.

Check back for updates.

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