USA Softball postpones tour in Hillsboro, concerns about COVID-19
Fans won't see USA Softball perform at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro this month.
After assessing the recent updates surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, USA Softball made the decision to postpone the Seattle, Hillsboro and Eugene "Stand Beside Her" tour stops, presented by Major League Baseball. The organization announced the news on March 11.
"While we understand the disappointment that may come with this decision, this decision was made in the best interest of the health and safety of our athletes, staff, fans and the softball community," said in a press release from the organization.
Two exhibition games were planned on March 17 against Portland State University and Oregon State University at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro.
The announcement was made on the same day the National Basketball Association decided to postpone its season after a player tested positive for COVID-19.
Major League Soccer has also suspended its season for 30 days.
On Wednesday night, March 11, Gov. Kate Brown announced that gatherings of more than 250 people will be canceled for at least four weeks.
The sweeping action comes hours after Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced a similar ban on large gatherings in the Seattle area. Unlike Inslee's decree, Brown's order covers the entire state.
"A gathering is defined as any event in a space in which appropriate social distancing of a minimum of three feet cannot be maintained," a statement from the governor's office added.
USA Softball plans to monitor the virus and update fans on further information.
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