Blue Jackets to close home games to public amid COVID-19 concerns

Nationwide Arena. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

The Columbus Blue Jackets will be closing home games at Nationwide Arena to the public in light of the Governor of Ohio Mike DeWine’s order prohibiting mass gatherings in the state as part of COVID-19 precautions, as long as the order is in effect, the team announced Wednesday.

“The health and well-being of our community is our priority and we appreciate the understanding of our fans, corporate partners and guests under these extraordinary circumstances,” the team said in a statement.

The precautions will begin with Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Attendance at the games will be limited to home and visiting club personnel, media, essential club and arena staff, and NHL officials.


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