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  SPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT : CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
by: FCBash, 13-03-2020 07:27 PM (#1)

SPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)


Dear Members,

You will no doubt be aware of the current global coronavirus pandemic.

The Executive Committee have been discussing this matter over the past week or so and we have been closely monitoring the coronavirus situation as it unfolds.

The health, safety and wellbeing of our members is our primary concern and, after careful consideration, we have taken the unenviable decision, until further notice, to cancel ALL SPA events with immediate effect, starting with the AGM this coming Sunday. This includes the upcoming Superleague events.

We appreciate there will be mixed feelings about this and whilst we know the members looking forward to attending the events will be disappointed it is important that we prioritise the health and wellbeing of all those involved. We wish to minimise any risk to our members and we will be in touch with the member leagues to refund monies that have been sent to the SPA for the Superleague events.

We are in discussions with Pettycur Bay about getting some provisional dates to hold these Superleague events and also assisting those that have booked through the hotel. More information on this will be released when known.

These are unprecedented times for everyone, and similar decisions across all sports are happening not just in Scotland but worldwide.

We ask everyone to closely follow the guidance that is being issued by the NHS and Scottish Government.

We wish good health to all of our members, friends and their families.

Kind Regards,
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RE: SPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT : CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
by: DrunkenGaz, 13-03-2020 07:34 PM (#2)

100% the right decision.
Im sure everyone will agree the pool players hygiene at these events are far from good.
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RE: SPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT : CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
by: bunkle, 13-03-2020 08:04 PM (#3)

Correct decision

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RE: SPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT : CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
by: parkarab, 13-03-2020 08:08 PM (#4)

This might seem like a daft question, but are we still to play the local qualifiers for IM2 ?
 
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RE: SPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT : CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
by: FCBash, 13-03-2020 08:14 PM (#5)

parkarab wrote:
This might seem like a daft question, but are we still to play the local qualifiers for IM2 ?


Graeme, there is no requirement to keep proceeding with these matches. A new date for qualifiers to be submitted will be released when the situation is clearer.
 
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RE: SPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT : CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
by: Danny the geetar man, 13-03-2020 09:22 PM (#6)

Absolutely gutting to hear this but totally the correct decision none the less....
 
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RE: SPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT : CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
by: welshy, 14-03-2020 09:02 AM (#7)

So what happens now? All teams refunded and start again when rescheduled? As might not be same players available
 
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RE: SPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT : CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
by: FCBash, 14-03-2020 01:45 PM (#8)

welshy wrote:
So what happens now? All teams refunded and start again when rescheduled? As might not be same players available


Hi Colin, I appreciate you and your team, along with everyone else, want to know the next steps. As stated in the Exec announcement yesterday though, this is being worked on, and further information will be released when we are a bit clearer on the situation. Unfortunately this will take a bit of time and nothing has developed in the past 15 hours or so that passed until you had posted that has changed this stance.

As soon as we have an update on this we will let the members know straight away, you have my word on that.

We will be exploring all the options and eventualities.

Hope this helps.

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RE: SPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT : CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
by: welshy, 14-03-2020 03:04 PM (#9)

Thanks bash
 
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RE: SPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT : CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
by: djm, 14-03-2020 04:30 PM (#10)

Do we contact the hotel in first instance to see about refund of costs?
 
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RE: SPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT : CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
by: TNT, 15-03-2020 09:31 PM (#11)

Best suggestion I heard listening to players was to replace this years 15s with the remaining 11s. 15s in Feb/mar/apr next year.
 
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RE: SPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT : CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
by: sweadie, 16-03-2020 12:47 PM (#12)

The hotel are saying that the spa have not contacted and said in writing what ones have been cancelled , just off the phone and won't refund hotel until they have been told
 
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RE: SPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT : CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
by: methodinthemadness, 16-03-2020 02:48 PM (#13)

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RE: SPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT : CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
by: systemcrash, 16-03-2020 04:05 PM (#14)

so is anyone one from committee letting petticur know its off so we can get refunds
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RE: SPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT : CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
by: FCBash, 17-03-2020 01:08 PM (#15)

djm wrote:
Do we contact the hotel in first instance to see about refund of costs?


Yes please. The bookings with the hotel are booked directly and the first action should be to seek recovery of funds privately. There is no guarantee any agreement will be reached with the SPA for refunds/credit for the hotel bookings.

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RE: SPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT : CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
by: FCBash, 17-03-2020 01:09 PM (#16)

sweadie wrote:
The hotel are saying that the spa have not contacted and said in writing what ones have been cancelled , just off the phone and won't refund hotel until they have been told


I'm led to believe differently, that PB have been made aware.

Ross would have to answer this fully though if my understanding is incorrect.

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RE: SPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT : CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
by: FCBash, 17-03-2020 01:11 PM (#17)

systemcrash wrote:
so is anyone one from committee letting petticur know its off so we can get refunds


As mentioned above, there is no guarantee you will get refunded from the hotel as a result of the SPA postponement. It will depend on your booking type, terms and conditions with the hotel.

I've stated quite clearly the bookings with the hotel are separate from the SPA, we will try and assist with the refund/credit but this is not a guarantee and will not be immediate either.

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RE: SPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT : CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
by: chalmers7, 17-03-2020 01:17 PM (#18)

Good updates mate, are we any further forward regarding the refund of fees for those who have had their event cancelled? It is the question I'm being asked the most in my area.
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RE: SPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT : CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
by: 2fast2furious, 17-03-2020 03:24 PM (#19)

I have just spoke Irene at the Hotel and she said they are NOT aware that the competition has been cancelled and no new information will be available till Friday at the earliest.
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RE: SPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT : CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
by: FCBash, 17-03-2020 07:47 PM (#20)

chalmers7 wrote:
Good updates mate, are we any further forward regarding the refund of fees for those who have had their event cancelled? It is the question I'm being asked the most in my area.


With the situation there has been no further development, it is our intention to reschedule these events. However, with the ever growing information coming from UK Government we may be forced to cancel. That's the last resort though, and will require a full Exec discussion.

Ross still has to discuss potential dates and availability with the holiday camp, until then we are not going to be able to progress that aspect.

I can only re-iterate, players, if the event gets cancelled, will receive full refunds. These would be issued back to the leagues for them to distribute to their members. However, this, if it does happen, will not be a quick process. It will require all the league accounts to be populated, online transfers etc to be established, then authorised. I totally understand people want to see their hard earned back in their own account, but until we know what way this will all end up, we're in a bit of a quandry.

This is an unprecedented matter, I am hoping that players can understand that, and ask them to bare with us as we try to tackle the situation as best we can, taking cognisance of all the information available. We are all trying to deal with this pandemic matter in our own personal and working lives along with the SPA. Where the SPA matters may take somewhat longer to address comparative to usual.

That's the best I have at the moment.

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