FEARS of the spread of COVID-19 saw the cancellation of last Saturday’s (14 March) beach day being held at Point Leo by the Disabled Surfers Association Mornington Peninsula branch.
Branch president John Bowers said proceeding with the event which was expected to draw several hundred disabled surfers and hundreds of volunteers “may have compromised too many people”.
“It was a really hard decision to make,” Mr Bowers said. “There are a lot of people who like to attend, and we enjoy doing it, but it was in the best interest of all to cancel it in case anyone was immunocompromised.
“We’re all thoroughly disappointed.”
The decision was made Friday morning while Mr Bow and other DSAMP members were at Point Leo preparing for the following day’s event.
The cancellation means that the only beach day held by the branch this year was on Saturday 18 January and a question mark now hangs over when the next one can be held.
First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 17 March 2020