Statement on COVID-19 from the Softball Ireland Board
Thursday, 12 March, 2020
Statement from Softball Ireland regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the impact on the upcoming season and tournaments:
Softball Ireland is continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus pandemic and advice from both national and international health organisations and experts.
The health and safety of the Softball Ireland community is our top priority and we want to implement the utmost precautions to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
After recent conversations by our Medical Committee with other sporting NGBs, Softball Ireland is instructing its regions and national teams to suspend all training sessions and upcoming competitions until the end of April. We understand that this decision results in a significant amount of inconvenience and disappointment to our members, volunteers and supporters.
This decision has been undertaken with consideration for our members, their families and friends, as well as the general population.
We find ourselves in a dynamic and rapidly changing situation, and will make any necessary changes to optimise the season, if possible, for our members. It is likely that the suspension will continue into May and June, but we will monitor the situation and update the membership accordingly.
Lastly, we encourage our members to be aware of the significant amount of misinformation being disseminated on social media, and only take advice from recognised authorities. Remember that avoiding travel to affected areas, self-isolating as necessary, proper hand hygiene and use of social distancing are the most effective ways we have of stopping the spread of this virus.