Championship clubs are warned about social distancing and hygiene

Championship clubs are warned about players’ personal hygiene and social distancing after positive coronavirus tests in the second tier increased to 10

  • Championship clubs have been warned about hygiene and social distancing 
  • The latest round of coronavirus testing has produced ten positive results
  • The EFL’s medical advisor has written to clubs to press home health needs
  • On Monday, all 24 clubs will vote whether to begin full contact training 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Championship clubs have been warned to protect players’ personal hygiene and maintain social distancing after 10 players and staff tested positive after the latest round of testing, The Telegraph report.

The message came from the English Football League as players from Fulham, Middlesbrough, Cardiff and Preston had confirmed cases of the virus. 

The second tier are looking to follow the Premier League in resuming the 2019-20 season, but the increase in positive tests have caused concerns to grow over a possible delay to the restart of the season.  

The EFL has warned Championship clubs to maintain social distancing and personal hygiene

The second tier are looking to resume the season amid the coronavirus-inflicted halt of play

Dr Richard Higgins, the EFL’s medical advisor, has written to all clubs to press home the need for players to respect social distancing rules and maintain their own hygiene. 

‘During the latest group of tests you will have seen that there has been a slight increase in positive results,’ he wrote.

‘This may just be coincidence, however, as government guidelines are relaxed, all players and staff must remain acutely aware of their responsibilities in regard to social distancing and personal hygiene.

The latest round of testing has produced ten positive test results among clubs in the division

‘At this stage we strongly advise everyone to maintain social distancing at all times other than during contact training sessions and most especially when outside of the training ground.

‘Indoor environments such as shops are one of the higher risk places and so as advised previously, should be avoided.

‘Until the infection rate drops significantly transmission will continue to occur frequently between people.’

All 24 clubs will meet on Monday to vote whether full contact training can commence

Further tests are set to go ahead this week and all 24 Championship clubs will vote on Monday whether to begin full contact training. 

Preston forward Jayden Stockley has been named as one of the ten Championship players to have tested positive.  

The latest round of testing also produced seven positive tests from players from League Two clubs.  

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