The Seattle Sounders FC announced the team will postpone the March 21 game against FC Dallas at CenturyLink Field following the state of Washington's decision to ban large group events in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday announced a ban on all large gatherings in the three counties of the Seattle metro area through at least the end of March.
"Throughout this process, Sounders FC has stated that nothing is more important than public safety and the wellbeing of our fans. With that in mind, we respect the difficult decision that has been made today, and our club will continue following the guidelines set forth by our public health authorities and government agencies," the team said in a statement Wednesday.
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"We know developments surrounding COVID-19 are evolving and understand the need to be flexible. As an organization, we are taking our own proactive measures with our fans, players and staff to ensure their health and safety," FC Dallas said in a statement released Wednesday. "We are in ongoing communication with our team medical staff, public health officials and Major League Soccer to follow and execute the guidelines put in place."
The team said it would continue to provide updates including details about rescheduling the FC Dallas match for a later date.
Tickets to the match will grant fans admission to the rescheduled game.
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- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
*Information shared from the Office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott