13 Mar 2020
You might have seen on the news something mentioned about the COVID-19 virus. Infections are low in WA so there is no need to panic, but in light of the health advisories currently issued it is recommended that people reduce personal contact with others.
Therefore, the BSAWA will forego one of the traditions of Billiards & Snooker – the handshake. It is written into the Code of Conduct for the game to shake hands before and after a match, but for the time being it will not be a requirement at any tournament.
If two players wish to engage in a shake that will be up to them, but nobody should be offended by a refusal – it is simply following the advice that has been given by health authorities.
Players are also reminded to observe good hand hygiene, and to cover all coughs and sneezes.
If you are sick with flu-like symptoms, stay at home. Penalties for withdrawing on the day of a tournament will be waived if you need to self-isolate.