Flyers react to order on mass gatherings as coronavirus threat grows

An upcoming order on mass gatherings in a few days will impact athletics here in Dayton.

>>DeWine: No spectators at NCAA First Four games in Dayton

“We’ll have an order yes,” DeWine said Wednesday in a press conference when asked if NCAA games in Dayton and Cleveland will be held without spectators. “The order will be that there cannot be spectators there.”

With universities in the area cancelling class due to the coronavirus threat, the possibility for basketball games without fans in attendance became more likely.

“We still have to go out there and play no matter what,” Guard for the University of Dayton Flyers Jalen Crutcher said. “ We still have to go out there and win the game.”

DeWine recommended on Tuesday that indoor sporting events should not have spectators but has since announced that an order is coming.

“We’re coming to win games. We want the fans support and everything but at the end of the day, we’re coming to win the championship regardless if there’s fans or not,” said Guard for University of Dayton Flyers Trey Landers.

A fourth person tested positive for coronavirus and another 24 are being tested.

>> Coronavirus: UD, Sinclair, Wright State, other Ohio schools suspend face-to-face classes

University of Dayton is suspending in person classes starting March 11 and instituting online courses March 23 until at least April 6. University housing will also close Wednesday at 6 p.m., the university announced.

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