“The health and safety of our players, employees, fans, partners, volunteers and everyone associated with the PGA Tour continues to be our No. 1 priority,”
A new sort of watch is playing out all over the CSRA, as locals wake up each morning checking updates on the coronavirus and its effect on the Augusta National. For many, keeping a close eye on the international news of the spreading virus is an hourly task.
Monday, the PGA Tour announced it “has no plans to make any schedule changes amid growing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak” according to an article in the New York Times.
The Tour “has established new protocols in a bid to protect the health and safety of fans and players,” according to the article.
While a search around the web finds many examples of sporting events either postponed, cancelled or played with no spectators, this does not appear to be the case for the PGA.
Dr. Patricia Daly, the chief of health services at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal Monday stating, “During a pandemic, there’s really not a lot of evidence that canceling mass gatherings is of much benefit.”
The 2010 Vancouver Olympics were held after the peak of the H1N1 swine flu pandemic. Daly told the WSJ, “If you think back to H1N1, you probably don’t recall a lot of cancellations.”