The Virginia High School League canceled spring sports because of concerns over the novel coronavirus, it announced Monday afternoon.

The VHSL’s announcement came about 90 minutes after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) declared the state’s schools would be closed for the remainder of the academic year.

“We need to support our Governor and State Superintendent,” VHSL Executive Director John W. “Billy” Haun said in a news release. “These actions were taken to protect Virginians, keep them safe and healthy and to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”

On Tuesday morning, the VHSL will hold a conference call with its management crisis team to discuss options for spring sports and activities after the academic year and into the summer. The VHSL plans to announce a decision the same day.

“Our Crisis Management team is made up of excellent school representatives and has been vital in all deliberations regarding COVID-19,” Haun said. “In every situation, every decision we make has been, and will be, in the best interest of public health, including that of, most importantly, our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and families.”

The spring sports in Virginia are baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and outdoor track. All winter sports in the state were able to finish their seasons aside from basketball, which abruptly stopped in mid-March, just before many teams were set to play the state semifinals and championships. The state awarded co-champions in most classes.

The Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association also announced Monday it won’t sanction its spring championships.

Before Monday, the VHSL had pushed back the beginning of its spring season to March 30, with no team activities occurring within a two-week span. Still, with most professional and college leagues canceling or postponing their seasons, Monday’s announcement wasn’t a surprise.

Last week, D.C. Public Schools canceled athletics through April 24. A statement could come this week from Maryland’s state athletic association; teams there are not allowed to begin practicing until March 30 — the initial target date for schools to reopen.