With the baseball season already on thin ice, Baseball Alberta has all but drawn the curtains on the year.
The organization said in a post on Friday afternoon, that because of the COVID-19 pandemic and provincial health orders in place, that all baseball events and activities have been cancelled until Sept. 1, 2020.
“Although this decision will be disappointing to baseball families across Alberta, we felt it was important to provide guidance to our members in these uncertain times,” said Baseball Alberta Vice President Jon Oko in a press release.
— Baseball Alberta (@BaseballAlberta) May 8, 2020
“With the warmer weather upon us, we would like nothing more than to be out playing baseball, however, the reality is that at this time it is not safe to do so. We must respect the orders and restrictions that have been put in place in our province by our Chief Medical Officer of Health and her team.”
Earlier this spring, on April 15, Baseball Alberta announced that they were extending a season suspension until June 1.
The new post said that due to social distancing, gathering limits and limitations on non-essential travel along with numerous municipal closures, the closure was the best course of action to protect the health and well being of their membership.
They also left the door open slightly, explaining that they are currently developing a return to train protocols, which would allow the resumption of in-person baseball activities when it is safe.