Oregon governor calls for sporting events through September to be canceled or modified if no coronavirus treatment available
One of the best college football games on the 2020 regular season schedule may be wiped off due to the coronavirus.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued the following statement on Thursday in regards to all large gatherings in her state until September:
“There is some difficult news to share. Large gatherings, including live sporting events with audiences, concerts, festivals, and conventions will not be able to return until we have a reliable treatment or prevention like a vaccine. The Oregon Health Authority is advising that any large gathering at least through September should be canceled or modified.”
It’s not totally clear what this means for sporting events such as Oregon football. Can the games be held without spectators or do they need to be canceled, as referenced by Governor Brown?
Hopefully not, as the Ducks have a few homes games on the books to start 2020 including intriguing matchups against FCS power North Dakota State on Sept. 5 and reigning Big Ten champion Ohio State on Sept. 12.
Why this declaration needed to be made in early May is unclear but it will be interesting to see if any other states follow Oregon’s lead and make similar statements in the weeks to come.