The district of Heinsberg has Germany’s largest number of coronavirus cases with more than 200 and Mönchengladbach is offering ticket refunds for people from the district.
For the fans that did attend the game, the stadium is asking fans to wash their hands often, cough into their elbows and avoid shaking hands.
The city of Mönchengladbach has seven confirmed cases of coronavirus with 143 people in home quarantine, according to the city government. However, officials decided to go ahead with the match because the city saw “no reason to stop sporting events.”
Former Mönchengladbach winger Thorgan Hazard gave Dortmund a first-half lead but shortly after halftime, Mönchengladbach forward Lars Stindl tapped in from close range to bring the home side level.
Defender Achraf Hakimi’s 71st-minute goal proved decisive, and the win allowed Dortmund to move within one point of league-leaders Bayern Munich.
While the spread of the coronavirus didn’t affect the game in Germany on Saturday, it has caused other sporting events to be disrupted.
The English Premier League announced Thursday that the traditional pre-match handshakes between players and officials will be scrapped until further notice.
The outbreak is causing concern about the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.