AABC Coronavirus Update
March 23, 2020
Our hearts go out to all who have been affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We very much appreciate the health care professionals working to care for COVID-19 patients and all who are working daily to prevent the spread of the virus.
Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19 and in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, various state and local health departments, and other health authorities, the American Amateur Baseball Congress, Inc. (AABC) is immediately implementing health and safety procedures as part of a proactive approach to managing and preventing the spread of germs and, hopefully, the spread of COVID-19.
AABC is still planning tournaments for all divisions later this summer. We expect to provide ongoing updates and recommendations as we deal with these unprecedented circumstances.
We strongly recommend that all AABC participants and organizations follow Federal recommendations and the recommendations of their respective state public health department, and other county and/or local authorities, including the various government agencies. We suggest the following measures be implemented immediately, if you have not already begun:
“No Contact- Handshake Policy”
AABC recommends a precautionary “no-handshake policy” to be observed at every level of the organization until further notice.
Maintain Good Hygiene Practices
All AABC employees, members, and participants in AABC- sanctioned events should be aware of the COVID-19 risk and take the necessary precautions to avoid exposure to germs. This includes maintaining good hygiene practices. We strongly recommend the following:
- Wash your hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; this is suggested after any physical contact with another person or with a shared surface.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose- with a tissue, if possible, when coughing or sneezing, then properly discard the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing or sneezing or who is otherwise sick.
- Clean or disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
We will provide updates during the next few weeks as they become necessary, but no later than April 6, 2020.