Netball New Zealand has postponed the 2020 ANZ Premiership for two weeks due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The decision was made following the New Zealand Government's announcement on Thursday regarding indoor mass gatherings.
The postponement will take effect immediately for the scheduled games in Round 2 and Round 3 that were due to be played on the 22nd/23rd and 28th/29th/30th March.
The season had begun last weekend, with two games played as normal, and one behind closed doors.
Netball NZ Chief Executive Jennie Wyllie said the decision has been made due to uncertainty in a rapidly changing environment and a desire to protect the welfare and wellbeing of players, staff and volunteers.
"Protecting the health of our netball players, officials, volunteers and staff is our number one priority, and that means we need to consider their welfare and wellbeing alongside the advice of Ministry of Health and Government," she said.
"We will continue to monitor the situation in New Zealand and follow the information and consultation with the appropriate channels," she said.
"We understand it is disappointing for all of those involved and our fans, but safety is our top priority."
The announcement also affects the Beko Netball League, which sits directly below the ANZ Premiership, with Netball NZ opting to suspend the competition at this time.
Wyllie said the call to suspend the Beko Netball League was difficult to make but they felt it was an appropriate move given the changing environment.
New Zealand Netball Players Association Executive Manager Steph Bond supported the decision.
"We are all in this together - Netball NZ, players and netball staff across the country along with stakeholders and partners of the game. We fully support Netball NZ's people first strategy and the need to align this with the advice of the Government.
"While there is no play at the moment, when the players do get the opportunity to get back on court they will be looking forward to netball playing a part in supporting the country recover from the impacts of the virus."