Published: 17:07, 13 March 2020
| Updated: 17:07, 13 March 2020
Organisers of a major golf championship - set to be staged in Kent this summer - say they are monitoring the ongoing coronavirus situation.
The Open 2020 is expected to attract crowds of more than 200,000 when it's staged in Sandwich in four months time.
But while the R&A proceed with plans, the verdict on whether the global sporting event will go ahead ultimately depends on advice issued by the government and other authorities.
An R&A spokesman said: “We are proceeding with our plans for The 149th Open at Royal St George’s.
"Like all sports, we are continuing to monitor the situation during the current coronavirus outbreak and will be carefully following the advice issued to us from the UK Government, relevant health authorities and our medical consultants.”
It comes as all forthcoming fixtures in Europe's top football contests, the Champions and Europa leagues, have been postponed.
The Premier League will hold an emergency meeting later to discuss its future fixtures.
And places like California have banned public gatherings of more than 250 people.
The Open was last hosted at The Royal St George's Golf Club in 2011.
Its return to the town was announced in February 2017 and years of preparation has gone into the event planned for Sunday, July 12 to Sunday, July 19.
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