Big East moving forward with tournament set in New York City amid coronavirus outbreak

WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- The Big East is moving forward with their plans to have the conference tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City next week, March 11-14. 

The league said Tuesday, March 10, that the Department of Health and Emergency Management has not recommended a cancellation in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

In a statement, officials said in part:

"We will remain in close communication with our contacts in both units and at Madison Square Garden, the NCAA, professional leagues, other conferences and medical experts in the coming days and will provide updates as circumstance warrant.
The priority of the BIG EAST and our member schools is the health and safety of our student-athletes, administrators, coaches, event personnel and spectators who attend BIG EAST events. We encourages those attending the games to closely follow the CDC and New York City Department of Health hygiene and prevention recommendations relating to COVID-19."
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