Coronavirus Update - 13 March 2020
UPDATED - 13 MARCH 2020 @ 16:40
The FA have provided a further update regarding the coronavirus.
FA Spokesperson: “The FA is fully aware that there are questions about whether grassroots football in England should be played because of the Covid-19 virus.
“Consistent with Government advice, The FA is recommending that grassroots football is able to continue as usual for now, with each league or centre making its own individual decision based on its local situation and the availability of players and officials. However, we would fully respect and support any leagues, centres or teams that wish to postpone fixtures in light of the Covid-19 virus.
“The decision to postpone all professional football in England has been taken with the integrity of the competitions in mind, considering the availability of players, staff and facilities.
“We will continue to monitor all Government advice and keep the situation under constant review, with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. Further updates will follow as needed.”
The Kent FA recommend that Leagues and Clubs proceed with their fixtures as normal; as the government are not advising that smaller-scale sporting events and fixtures be postponed at this stage. We will also be proceeding with our cup final fixtures this weekend.
We recognise that circumstances are unique to individual clubs and leagues, and these will be dependent on the numbers of players and officials
Each of our member clubs and leagues should tailor their response to this guidance as they see fit. Circumstances are unique to the individual league or club and will be dependent on numbers of players or officials displaying symptoms, those members directly exposed to the virus, or those having travelled from an infected area.
The ultimate decision to play or postpone fixtures lies with leagues and clubs involved based on respective circumstances.
The priority should always be the health and wellbeing of all involved. We would ask all individuals involved in grassroots football to follow carefully the hygiene guidance being provided by Public Health England and the NHS.
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