Yeshiva already had its Maryland hotel rooms canceled due to coronavirus concerns, and now the first two rounds of the NCAA Division III basketball tournament beginning Friday will be held without spectators, host school Johns Hopkins University announced.
“In light of Maryland’s recently confirmed cases of COVID-19, and based on CDC guidance for large gatherings, we have determined that it is prudent to hold this tournament without spectators,” Johns Hopkins said in a statement Thursday night. “We are not making any determination about other JHU events at this time; while we await further guidance from public health authorities, we will be assessing large events on a case-by-case basis. We regret any inconvenience to the families and fans of the players.”
The JHU statement added that any individuals who purchased tickets in advance should contact the school’s athletic department at 410-516-7490 or [email protected] during regular business hours to obtain a refund.
Yeshiva is slated to face Worcester Polytechnic Institute at 1 p.m. Friday, with Penn State Harrisburg tipping off against Johns Hopkins at 6 p.m.
Yeshiva had its rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Pikesville, Md., canceled less than an hour before the team was scheduled to arrive on Thursday over coronavirus concerns, according to Maccabees coach Elliot Steinmetz.
A Yeshiva student tested positive for the virus earlier this week. The Orthodox Jewish school’s administration found the team other hotel accommodations in downtown Baltimore.