After stating earlier on Thursday that classes would open as usual on this coming Monday, the University System of Georgia has reversed course and now says that all classes will be suspended until March 29.
“Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all University System of Georgia institutions will temporarily suspend instruction for two weeks to allow time for USG institutions to test their business continuity plans and online instruction modules and for state officials to continue to assess the current situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) in Georgia,” the statement said.
The USG strongly encouraged students who were away on spring break to remain away from campus and not to return until at least March 29.
The NCAA also announced that all spring and winter championship events, such as the men’s NCAA basketball championship and the College World Series, have been canceled.
“This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities,” the statement said.
— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) March 12, 2020
Earlier on Thursday the SEC had announced that all athletic events until March 30 were suspended. However, at the moment spring football for Georgia is still tentatively set to begin for Georgia on March 17, though that is subject to change as this is a very fluid situation.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey also added that there are no on-campus or off-campus recruiting events until March 30 as well.
“We did have conversations about recruiting I referenced and have stopped off campus and on campus recruiting for a period of time,” Sankey said. “That could be extended. I’ve identified the NCAA needs to fully engage on this issue as well.”
Sankey added that the cancellation of spring practice could come from the national level.
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