The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has suspended all high school athletics statewide beginning Saturday until April 6.

The ban on activities will start at 11:59 p.m. on Friday and last through April 6, at which time the NCHSAA will issue any further guidance. The ban applies to all workouts, skill development, practices and contests. Middle school athletics will also be suspended until at least April 6.

The full statement from the NCHSAA, which also includes the postponement of the state high school basketball championships:

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Due to the threat from COVID-19, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has made the decision to postpone the 2020 Men’s and Women’s Basketball State Championships indefinitely.

“As much as we would like this opportunity for our student-athletes, coaches, and their communities, we know that ultimately any decision we make must err on the side of caution,” said Commissioner Que Tucker.

The Board of Directors also moved to suspend interscholastic athletics beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020 through at least Monday, April 6th, 2020. The NCHSAA Board of Directors will assess this situation regularly over the next few weeks. This includes all workouts, skill development, practices and contests.