The Delhi government has banned all sporting activities, including Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches, and events like conferences until further notice 'for the purpose of prevention and control of the outbreak of the epidemic disease, COVID-19.
'Thousands will come for these events, from all over. There is no way to know who is coming, where they are coming from and no way to control their arrival. It takes only one person to spread this disease, to be a carrier,' said the Delhi Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Manish Sisodia.
'For this reason, the government has decided to ban these events. Right now, social distancing is the best solution,' he added, stating the intention was not to stop sports but the mass gathering of people.
It is unclear if this means IPL matches will be allowed to take place in an empty stadium, in the same way that the ongoing India-South Africa One Day International (ODI) series.
A similar ban on sports events, including the IPL, has already been enforced by other states. Maharashtra, where 11 cases have been reported, has banned ticket sales for the opening match of the 2020 IPL season that was to have been held on March 29.
The ban, for events that will see gatherings of 200 people or more, comes a day after the Chief Minister, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, ordered the closure of all schools, colleges and cinema theatres in the city till March 31. Primary schools had been shut earlier this month; secondary classes were left open in view of exams.
As the virus spreads and fears over infection grow, the Jawaharlal Nehru University in the Capital has suspended all classes and postponed all exams till March 31.