Loyola students will no longer be allowed to attend the remaining Loyola athletics events of the semester, according to a press release sent by Loyola Athletics Wednesday night.
Attendance will be restricted “essential game personnel, student-athlete family members and television crews,” according to the press release. The release said these measures are being made as a precaution to the COVID-19 — the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus.
“Safety is of utmost importance and this decision, while unfortunate for our fans and student-athletes, is in everyone’s best interests,” Loyola Athletics Director Steve Watson said in the release. “We will continue to monitor the situation in the coming weeks.”
Loyola Athletics also announced the men’s volleyball match against Princeton University scheduled for March 20 at Gentile Arena would be canceled. The Ivy League announced the cancelation of its spring sports seasons following the outbreak of COVID-19.
The announcement comes after the NBA announced it was suspending the season indefinitely Wednesday night. Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, which prompted the decision. Earlier in the day, the NCAA announced a similar attendance policy to Loyola’s for March Madness, which is set to begin next week.
The Phoenix has been covering COVID-19 throughout its growth in Illinois. As of publication, there are 25 confirmed cases in Illinois. Tuesday night, The Phoenix reported a Loyola student was in isolation and had been tested after being exposed to someone currently being evaluated for COVID-19.