Statement on COVID-19

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As of Thursday 12th March 2020.

The SKA has received a number of queries about our response to the ongoing spread of COVID-19, particularly regarding upcoming fixtures and events. The SKA has been monitoring UK and Scottish government advice on this issue. Currently, neither government has recommended cancellation of events on the scale of SKA fixtures or finals weekend. The Scottish government has banned events of more than 500 attendees, but this is to preserve resources among the emergency services. We expect fixtures to continue pending further guidance.

We have also been advised by student teams that the Universities may close campuses or request that students remain at home in the coming weeks. Schools may also close and so venues for fixtures may no longer be available. Until this happens, our current plans are for events to go ahead and we request that clubs update the SKA as required should their circumstances change.

The SKA’s position on measures against COVID-19 is fluid and we are considering all options, including postponement and cancellation of fixtures, the AGM/end of season party and international trials if required.

We are aware that clubs are concerned and ask that measures be taken at fixtures in line with government advice. Players exhibiting symptoms (a high temperature, a new continuous cough) should not travel to or play in fixtures and should also be asked to avoid training or social events. Teams should also take appropriate precautions as advised by the NHS as far as possible (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19//). Clubs bear some responsibility for checking that players are not unwell when selecting teams for fixtures and we would appreciate cooperation in this.

We are aware that players may avoid fixtures or other events for reasons related to their own health or concerns about the health of others, and we respect that individuals must make decisions about their own health and well-being.

The SKA are currently making plans to accommodate an emergency meeting with all clubs within the league to discuss potential options.At the SKA the health of everyone is our top priority and our advice will remain to prioritize the health of yourself and others.

All the best from us at the SKA.