South Holland sports fixtures closing down after government advice on coronavirus
Sport across South Holland is being put on hold following the latest government announcement on the coronavirus outbreak.
All football matches in the Uhlsport United Counties League and ChromaSport Peterborough & District League have been called off "until further notice".
The same applies to the East Region Hockey Leagues, featuring men's and ladies' teams from Long Sutton and Spalding.
Midweek matches in the Boston Netball League, involving two teams from Spalding, have been suspended, as have all sessions runs by Halmer Harriers Community Running Club.
A statement from the club, published on social media, said: "Following the advice given by the Government with regards to 'non-essential social contact', the committee has unanimously decided that we have no option but to suspend all club sessions effective immediately.
"The safety of our runners is the basis of everything we try to do within the club and we would be devastated if anyone's safety was compromised at any time, particularly if they became ill while running with the club, with the emphasis on the knock-on effects for families.
"We also feel that the sight of a group of runners around town at a time when caution is being advised would not be appropriate."
Neil Liversedge, secretary of the East Region Hockey Leagues, said: "As a result of the Government's latest advice, all games scheduled for March 21 and 22 should be postponed with immediate effect.
"However, with the length of time mentioned in the Government announcement that people avoid clubs, it maybe that the East League management committee declares the season over and the league tables decided on a percentage basis.
"The situation we are in is, of course, unpleasant and in 50 years I cannot remember a public health situation like this.
"So the need for common sense must prevail and the safety of everyone in the hockey family is paramount."
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