Coronavirus – Joint Response Group Update 10th March

Please find the below update from the SPFL and SFA regarding coronavirus.

“The SPFL and Scottish FA are continuing to work together in the face of the coronavirus threat. The Joint Response Group, including the Scottish FA’s chief medical consultant Dr John MacLean, is meeting on a daily basis to consider briefings from the World Health Organisation and to respond to the developing situation across the UK.

We are aware of the decisions being taken elsewhere in Europe to cancel sporting events and/or hold them behind closed doors.

However, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport announced yesterday that, as things stand, there is “no rationale” for closing or cancelling sporting events in Britain because of coronavirus. This has been echoed in conversations that we have had with the Scottish Government.

While it is a fast-changing picture and we will continue to be guided by the most up-to-date, expert advice, we are continuing to prepare for matches to proceed as scheduled. 

It is vital that we all take whatever measures we can to ensure good hygiene in our premises. Regular, thorough hand-washing is one of the most effective ways of reducing the spread of coronavirus and we are urging all clubs to use the channels available to them to push this vital message to fans, staff and players alike.

We will continue to update you as the situation develops.”

Ian Maxwell and Neil Doncaster

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