Dear Ceelies – please see below letter from SAMS President, Wolfgang Fechter, 
 
Dear fellow swimmers, family and friends!
 
The Coronavirus Covid-19 Epidemic has been declared a national disaster. The notice of the President of South Africa is attached.
Based on the information available to date the risk of complications and death are strongly correlated with age, with older people being more at risk.
Swimming South Africa has postponed all scheduled SSA events with immediate effect in response to the prohibition of gatherings of more than 100 people. See attached notice from SSA.
 
SAMS recommends that all galas are postponed. We will communicate when galas can be held again.
 
To all the participants and attendees of the 36th SAMS Masters Championship in Germiston we recommend that you are very diligent and err on the side of caution when symptoms develop. If you are unwell, please seek medical advice and stay home when advised by a medical professional.
 
• Any participants who themselves, or whose family and friends with whom they have been in contact with have visited high-risk countries in the past 20 days or after 23 February 2020 are encouraged to test for the virus.  Self-isolation or quarantine on return to South Africa or their country of residence is recommended.
 
• High-risk countries listed to date  are Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom and China.
 
• Should any participant or close family or friends with whom you have been in contact with, test positive for the Covid-19 virus please notify the SAMS President so that we can notify fellow participants and guests. This can be done with your name or anonymous, the choice is yours.
 
• As we have many elderly participants I encourage you all to take our collective responsibility seriously and to share the potential risk of having been in contact with an  infected person. This will help all to respond proactively.
 
In the spirit of protecting ourselves, our families and friends we ask that we all think carefully about the potential impact of our actions and plead that everyone self-regulates. Practise good hygiene like washing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Avoid physical contact with others where possible.
 
Wolfgang Fechter
SAMS President on behalf of SAMS Committee