Basketball ACT – Health Update – 16 March 2020


16 March 2020


In light of recent events and the emergence of additional information and guidance into the management and risk mitigation related to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Basketball ACT (BACT) held an urgent out of session meeting of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management (FARM) Committee on Sunday 15 March 2020.

The FARM Committee considered advice from health authorities, the Australian and ACT Government’s approach to limiting exposure, Basketball Australia’s advice, and feedback from member clubs, and as BACT has a duty of care to ensure the health and well-being of all our members and facility users, the decision has been made to cancel ALL remaining games for the 2019-2020 Summer Competitions, and to suspend all other programs until further notice. This will include all senior and junior competitions, high performance programs, Waratah League, school and development programs as well as ancillary events including casual shoot-around. BACT notes this includes the postponement of the start of the Premier Competitions until potentially after 30 April 2020, however a decision on a proposed start date will be made in the coming days.

BACT will continue to review and monitor advice from health authorities and review the currency of our approach in the lead up to the proposed start of the Premier and Winter competitions, and keep you informed through our various communications mediums.

As this is a rapidly evolving situation, BACT would like to thank everyone for their understanding and patience as we work through this difficult period. This is not a decision that has been taken lightly and we want to reassure the basketball community that we will continue to follow the advice of authorities and health professionals to ensure the health and wellbeing of the entire BACT family.

David Simpson

Chief Executive Officer

Basketball ACT