PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers sports teams will continue their seasons, but home games and matches will be competed without fans.
Although international travel to compete in sporting events has been banned, domestic travel is permissible. That means the men's and women's basketball teams, who have their eyes on the NCAA Tournament, are free to travel to away games, according to an announcement posted on the athletics department's website.
The moves are the latest in the university's sweeping response to the outbreak of COVID-19.
The women's basketball team (22-9) will likely be a high seed when the first round of the women's NCAA Tournament begins March 20.
The men's basketball team (20-11) is scheduled to play Michigan in Indianapolis on Thursday at noon in the Big Ten Tournament.
The school also announced all third-party competitions or events scheduled to take place at Rutgers athletics facilities have been canceled, but the sponsors can host the events at alternate sites.
Among the other sports programs affected by the new policies include the wrestling, baseball and lacrosse teams on the men's side and softball, lacrosse and gymnastics on the women's side.
Team practices will take place as scheduled without the presence of spectators or non-essential personnel.
Accredited members of the media will be permitted at home athletic events.
All single-game ticket purchases, as well as third-party ticketed events, will be refunded by the Rutgers athletics ticket office. The ticket office will be contacting all accounts that purchased tickets once refunds are processed.
"These changes have been implemented in consultation with University leadership and our coaching staffs," according to the statement. "We will continue to monitor the developing situation and issue updates as determined."
University President Robert Barchi announced Tuesday that the school is canceling classes starting Thursday and will move all course instruction online when students return from spring break on March 23.
The 16,000 students living in residence halls in New Brunswick and Piscataway, as well as the students on the Newark and Camden campuses, are instructed to leave as soon as possible and are encouraged to remain off campus until at least Friday, April 3.
Gov. Phil Murphy confirmed today eight new cases of the coronavirus in New Jersey. That brings the total of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state to 23, including one fatality.
The university has created a website for COVID-19 updates.