West Virginia University Athletics has extended its ban on spectators for live sporting events through Jan. 24, the department announced Wednesday.
UPDATE: WVU Athletics, in conjunction with University, local and state officials, has extended the time period for no fans at all home indoor athletic events through Jan. 24. https://t.co/Ugs6j0jFOn
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In a release, WVU cited “recent spikes of positive COVID-19 cases in the state” for the reason behind the ban.
“We continue to be disappointed not to allow fans at our home indoor events, but quite frankly, COVID-19 is not yet under control,” WVU athletic director Shane Lyons said. “We know that our hospitals and medical professionals continue to be very busy in managing this pandemic, and it is just not safe right now for our fans, staff, student-athletes and community to welcome spectators at our home events. We can’t wait for the day when that will not be the case.”
The extension will affect home event for WVU men’s and women’s basketball, gymnastics and wrestling.