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San Jose Earthquakes set to comply with Santa Clara ban in wake of coronavirus

The San Jose Earthquakes have issued the following statement regarding the Santa Clara Public Health Department's legal order barring all gatherings of 1,000 people designed to help stem the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19):

The San Jose Earthquakes fully support the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department's recent announcement barring all mass gatherings through the end of the month and will comply immediately. We will soon have more information regarding upcoming events at Earthquakes Stadium.

The ban was announced on Monday and takes effect at midnight on Wednesday, March 11. According to local reports, county officials will reevaluate it at the end of the month based on new information regarding the spread of the virus.

On Monday, Santa Clara County reported a total of 43 coronavirus cases and the first confirmed virus-related death of a county resident.

The Earthquakes opened the 2020 MLS season with two consecutive home games on February 29 and March 7, drawing Toronto FC in Week 1 and dropping a 5-2 result to Minnesota United.

The club coached by Matias Almeyda next travels to Philadelphia in Week 3 and is then scheduled to play at home on March 21 against Sporting Kansas City. That Week 4 match at Earthquakes Stadium currently represents the club's final home game in March.