The Premier League has written to all clubs reminding them of their obligations to follow strict coronavirus protocols.
The Premier League’s Compliance Officers have been handed a more robust remit to ensure those protocols are enforced, Sky Sports News has been told.
It comes as the new strain of coronavirus has led to a surge in cases – both in society, and within football.
- FA Cup fixtures
- 40 positives in latest week of Premier League testing
- All of the latest postponements around football
These are the new measures introduced:
- Premier League Compliance Officers to be given a wider role in ensuring Covid protocols are followed.
- Everyone inside stadiums on matchday to wear a face mask at all times. The only exceptions are players and immediate coaching staff, during warm up and the game itself. All subs sitting on the bench will now be obliged to wear a mask.
- Teams should use THREE coaches to transport squads to games, to increase social distancing (the previous rule was for two coaches)
- Use of club canteens should be limited as much as possible, with players and staff encouraged to eat more frequently off-site (though canteens can still provide food, particularly on MD and MD-1)
- Clubs should again look at the number of personnel on-site at training grounds, and try to limit these numbers further.
- Be much more strict in limiting the number of “meeting points” where staff and players might come into contact.
These are the full protocols now in use, that have been sent to all Premier League clubs:
- Maintain social distancing at all times.
- Avoid unnecessary contact at all times.
- Employ a one-way system inside training ground buildings.
- Limit further potential ‘meeting points’.
- If not done already, clubs should introduce a ‘red zone’ for areas used exclusively by first team players and staff.
- Encourage players and staff to eat off-site as much as possible.
- Ensure regular hand washing by all.
- Every piece of gym equipment to be wiped down after each individual use.
- Indoor pitches may remain open, so long as they are well ventilated and a risk assessment has been carried out.
- Physio and other ‘contact rehab’ is banned, apart from essential use only. In these cases, sessions are limited to a max of 15 minutes.
- Contractors are banned from the training ground when the first team are in.
- Use three coaches for the squad instead of two.
- Clubs must ensure any employee who comes into contact with the squad has tested negative, before they are allowed to do so.
- Compliance officers are allowed to inspect coaches, trains and aircraft for compliance before squads use them, or on arrival at a game.
- Face masks to be worn by everyone at all times. The only exceptions are players and immediate coaching staff, during warm up and the game itself. All subs sitting on the bench will now be obliged to wear a mask.
- Avoid all unnecessary contact on matchday – especially between players and staff from different clubs.
- Compliance officers are empowered to enter changing rooms to ensure protocols, and all other areas of the stadium (for example to check squad members on the bench are properly socially distanced).
Win £250,000 for free with Super 6!
Do not miss your chance to land the £250,000 in Saturday's Super 6 round. Play for free, entries by 3:00pm.
Source: Read Full Article