CLOSURE FOR CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS
Dear Santa Barbara Pony Community:
We have been monitoring the ever-changing circumstances concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) through the pertinent health institutions such as the WHO, CDC, Federal government, California Department of Public Health, and the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department. (Click here for SB County Public Health website.) Pony National has also been a source of guidance. (Click here for link to Pony National website.).
Having considered the foregoing, effective immediately all Santa Barbara Pony events and activities are hereby cancelled through the end of March 2020. This includes any practices or games as well as any other team or baseball-related events (e.g., team party, batting cages, etc.). But please do not be alarmed. This is simply so that our league is in compliance with the policies of the pertinent authorities and in a manner that is consistent with the recommendations of several of the aforementioned organizations.
We will, of course, continue to monitor the situation closely so that we can resume baseball activities as soon as practical. However, since we understand this to be a fluid and perhaps novel situation, please understand that there may be some delay or additional precautions taken when it comes time to play ball again. After all, our goal is to protect our community’s youth—as well as their families—to the extent possible.
In the meantime, please make sure that you, your baseball players, and your friends and family are all exercising good judgment. For example:
- Avoid attending “public gatherings” of 250 people or more.
- Practice “social distancing” by remaining 6 feet or more apart from others while in public.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. [Please also remember that disinfected surfaces must stay wet for four-minutes to ensure they are properly sanitized. Click here for an article on same.]
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Limit your physical contact with others; no handshakes, high fives, knuckles, hugs, or kissing on the cheek.
- And, of course, continue to keep yourself informed of the circumstances so that you know if or when governmental policies or health-related recommendations change.
[See the CDC Prevention Guidelines for more information on self-protection. Click here for link to CDC website.]
[See also an NPR resource for kids that explains some about the Coronavirus in a way they would likely understand and would perhaps eliminate some concerns. Click here for NPR link.]
Thank you for your patience and understanding. We hope to be in touch soon!