The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced today that it will close to the public beginning Sunday, March 15 at 5 p.m. ET.Here’s the full statement from the Hall:CBS News has the latest updates about the virus, which has affected various sports globally and in the United States. Here at CBS Sports we have running updates on how sports leagues are responding to coronavirus.
The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York has closed down indefinitely in response to the novel coronavirus global pandemic. The Hall will close to the public starting at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon. This precautionary measure is being implemented in accordance with recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and government officials to limit opportunities for large gatherings and the further spread of the COVID-19 virus.Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that can cause illnesses as minor as a cold, or as serious as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), according to the World Health Organization. The virus can cause symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But while some patients only show mild symptoms and recover, others have developed life-threatening complications, such as pneumonia, CBS News reports. As well, on Saturday, July 25, the annual J.G. Taylor Spink Award for writers will be presented posthumously to Nick Cafardo, the 2020 Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasters will be presented to Ken Harrelson, and David Montgomery will be posthumously honored with the 2020 Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award.