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PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 19: Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty reacts in the stands against the Buffalo Sabres in the third period at the Wells Fargo Center on December 19, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Sabres 6-1. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

Coronavirus outbreak fears have made their way to Philadelphia, as city officials are now recommending people do not attend gatherings of more than 5,000 people. With the Boston Bruins in town for a Tuesday night meeting with the Flyers, no less.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, this suggestion comes on the heels of somebody in Philly testing positive for the virus, and amid nationwide attempts to spread a massive outbreak. Philly’s recommendation extends to this weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day parade (Boston has already canceled theirs), and on the heels of Santa Clara county health officials straight-up banning all events of over 1,000 people for the next three weeks effectively immediately.

Nevertheless, it’s hard to imagine Philly fans taking this one too seriously, as the Flyers are in the midst of their hottest run of the season, with wins in nine straight games and victories in 25 of 34 contests at the Wells Fargo Center this season. (It’s also Bruins vs. Flyers, and with these teams both at or near the top of the conference, nobody wants to miss that kind of game.)

The Bruins, for what it’s worth, are now operating with some healthy distance between the athletes and reporters, with the media conducting their post-skate availability on Tuesday with a table in between the player and media. This change comes after a Monday that was business-as-usual with cramped scrums and zero real limitations at Warrior Ice Arena.

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Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.