After previously suspending all athletics competitions and practices, the Atlantic Coast Conference has made the decision to cancel the all such events for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, the league announced on Tuesday.
“Our top priority remains the health and safety of our student-athletes as well as our fans, communities and the overall well-being of others during these uncharted times,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a press release. “We are particularly disappointed for our student-athletes and will continue to work with our membership to assess what is appropriate in the future.”
The decision to cancel the remainder of the season comes after CDC guidance this week to limit gatherings of 50 or more people through mid-May in response to the public health threat of the novel coronavirus-caused COVID-19 pandemic.
The NCAA had already made the decision to cancel the championship seasons for winter and spring sports last Thursday, but the decision on whether to continue with conference play and practices rests with each conference.
Swofford said the decision was unanimous amongst league athletic directors as they hope to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.