Lithuania is the first European country to cancel the basketball season, instead of just suspending it. The official statement reads:
The Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL) Board has decided to take all the necessary safety actions regarding the spread of COVID-19 virus in the country.
Earlier this week the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a world-wide pandemic. Due to that Force Majeure, the LKL Board has decided to end the 2019/20 Betsafe LKL season and crown current regular-season leaders, Zalgiris Kaunas, as the champions of 27th Betsafe LKL season.
We as the league expect full understanding and support from the fans, sports community, and our partners. This decision will have an enormous long-term financial impact on both the clubs and the league. However, health and life are fundamental values and the LKL has made the safest decision for the players, personnel, and society.