March 20, 2020
VBC Club Directors and Contacts,
During this unprecedented and extremely difficult situation surrounding COVID-19 and the growing urgency to slow the spread, Volleyball BC has taken its lead from the Provincial and Federal governments. The BC Government has mandated that events larger than 50 persons are not to be permitted until a minimum date of May 31, 2020. Because of this mandate, and the increasingly important need for social distancing, effective immediately, Volleyball BC is announcing the cancellation of all 2020 Club Provincial Championships.
This is not an easy decision for us. We know how important these tournaments are to the volleyball community and we enjoy organizing them as much as you enjoy participating. But we also recognize that it is only fair to give you some certainty. Many of you have lost your practice facilities and we have no indication that the situation will change any time soon. We are making this decision so that you can plan and communicate with your members.
Clubs can count on full refunds for all events cancelled during this pandemic. We will be aiming to process these as fast as possible. We will not be issuing refunds for membership fees.
We are making this decision both with heavy hearts and with extreme positivity in that the volleyball community in BC is doing a small, but incredibly important part to assist in slowing the spread of COVID-19. We know that this is an extremely challenging time for our clubs and Regional Managers will be reaching out to all Club Directors in the coming weeks to offer any resources and support that we are capable of providing.
We continue to strongly recommend that all club activities cease immediately to limit potential exposure and spread of the virus. We all have an important part to play in giving our health care system and our health care workers a fighting chance.
For those clubs who run beach programs, please know that we are already looking towards the beach season with optimism and will be planning our events with the hope that these restrictions will no longer be in place. However, we will continue to look to our Federal and Provincial governments for guidance in these difficult times.
Please let us know if you have any questions. To report a diagnosis, please contact Alex Pappas at email@example.com
Thank you and stay safe,
Manager of Volleyball Operations