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Western Cup 2020 is postponed due to the COVID-19 Situation

Released: Thursday March 19, 2020 (Calgary) - WesternCup
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As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve throughout the province of Alberta and across Canada, Apollo, in conjunction with the Regency Hyatt Calgary, have been closely monitoring the situation and how it may impact the participants of Western Cup

The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assess the risk and has stated the possibility of contracting the virus in our area remains low. Regardless, we take the health and safety of our community very seriously. We want to assure you we’re continuing to take all necessary steps outlined by Alberta Health Services to safeguard our guests.

Western Cup is now officially postponed. We are working with our venues to try and find a suitable date to reschedule later in the year. All participants will have the option to receive a refund of their ticket and/or registration fees, less any applicable service charge, or to leave your registrations in place for the future event date. If you are requesting a refund, please allow us a few weeks to process, as this is a manual process and we have limited resources at this time.

Given the mandate that all gatherings of over 250 people be cancelled, this is the only logical choice to be made. Alberta Health is also calling for the cancellation of any events of between 50-250 people which involve either cheering, singing or contact sports. This does put the sport tournaments in Jeopardy as well. The official recommendation of the Western Cup board is for all sport tournaments to be re-scheduled to a later date. As Apollo Friends in Sport / Western Cup does not govern the individual sport groups, this decision is ultimately up to the respective leaders of each sport.

If any sport does decide to proceed, we will support them in whatever way we can while following all guidelines set out by the provincial Health Authorities.

We want to thank our sponsors and participants for their continued support throughout all of this, and we look forward to communicating a new date for Western Cup XXXVIII in the near future.


-From the Apollo & Western Cup Board of Directors


Resources:

Alberta Health Services: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx

Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

WHO: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/travel-advice


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