US Quidditch Suspends 2019–20 Season Due to COVID-19
US Quidditch (USQ) has postponed its 2019–20 season, including US Quidditch Cup 13, which was due to take place on April 18 and 19.
All official play is temporarily suspended in response to the continued spreading of the COVID-19 coronavirus throughout the United States. Alternative dates are being looked at for US Quidditch Cup 13, which was due to take place in Charleston, West Virginia, in April. Tickets that have already been bought for this event are fully refundable, and further details about the refund process will be released next week.
After consulting with the Board of Directors and year-round staff, US Quidditch has decided to temporarily suspend the 2019-20 season in response to COVID-19. This includes postponing #USQuidditchCup13, and all other official play. 🔗https://t.co/lYhIiD6oDN 1/4 pic.twitter.com/HLPoKwktzf
— US Quidditch (@usquidditch) March 13, 2020
In an official statement, the executive director of USQ, Mary Kimball, detailed the reasons behind the suspension and reassured players and fans that their favorite sport will be ready for them when it is appropriate to reinstate the season:
This was a difficult decision to make. Safety is our number one priority, and it’s our responsibility as a national governing body to take proactive measures to ensure our programs and events don’t contribute to the spread of COVID-19. Please know that quidditch is not going away; we’re just taking a pause.
Suspension of official play has come as a result of concerns for public safety, as well as local and state government restrictions on events. USQ also encourages players and teams to not participate in any unofficial competitions and to only hold practices in accordance with guidance from local and state governments.
The suspension of the season will be reassessed at the end of March, and further information will then be made available on the USQ website.