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Calgary bans all public events until July in latest extended sports shutdown

All public events and gatherings in the city of Calgary scheduled until June 30, including professional sports, have been cancelled due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, city officials announced.

It follows a similar move by fellow Canadian city Toronto earlier in the week.

The city’s major professional sports teams are: the Calgary Flames (National Hockey League), Calgary Stampeders (Canadian Football League), Calgary Roughnecks (National Lacrosse League) and Cavalry FC (Canadian Premier League).

The vast majority of United States-based professional leagues are on an indefinite absence due to the ongoing health crisis. But it is believed they had hoped to resume activity before July, if possible.

These types of civic bans on mass gatherings help raise the possibility of sports leagues using single-site solutions as at least an initial step toward resuming play, in order to keep players and related workers in a theoretically contained, safe, and quarantined area. The National Basketball Association reportedly is among them, looking at holding its entire postseason strictly within Las Vegas, Nevada.

Elsewhere, SailGP has suspended its season through the end of June, cancelling a regatta scheduled for New York on June 12-13. SailGP already cancelled its San Francisco regatta which had been set for May 2-3.

Regional governing soccer body Concacaf has postponed the Concacaf Nations League semifinals and final, which were scheduled for June 4-7 in the Houston and Dallas areas. The finals, which includes the Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and United States men’s national teams, will be rescheduled for a later date in venues to be determined.

The Preakness Stakes, which is part of North American horse racing’s Triple Crown, has been indefinitely postponed. It was scheduled for May 16 in Baltimore. The Kentucky Derby has already been postponed until September.

Major League Lacrosse has indefinitely postponed the start of its season, which was scheduled to kick off on May 30.