In the light of the announcement last night that large gatherings are to be prohibited by next weekend and the increasing likelihood of school closures, I am increasingly of the view that we should suspend the league. I realise that the chances of catching anything in the upstairs room of the White Swan are small but why take any risk? There are some activities that need to keep going so as not to tank the economy or to provide basic services etc. Quizzing is not one of them.
Some might say that with only two weeks of the league season to go we might as well try to finish off - after all we're only talking about getting through to a week on Weds. I think the relative lack of games left is actually a good argument FOR suspension - we could play both sets of fixtures and the WIST/Lowly Grail finals as curtain-raisers to next season and we would still only need to bring the start date forward to around the beginning of September. The domestic Cup and Plate would probably have to be sacrificed.
The Sett Valley League has already suspended all matches and the Quiz League of London (which has a far younger demographic than most quiz leagues) has done the same.
I have spoken to Mike O'Brien and he concurs with the view above so I speak for both of us. I haven't heard back from the rest of the Albert team yet but in fairness to Jeremy he has tended to be fairly bullish about this issue to date so he may well be in favour of carrying on.