Premier League COVID-19 emergency measures: What the Omicron variant means for players and fans

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Premier League clubs on Tuesday reached an agreement to move to emergency measures in the fight against COVID-19, including daily tests for players.

In the wake of a record number of positive cases among players and staff in England’s top flight last week, clubs have been told they should carry out daily flow checks on the players by PCR test taking place twice per week. The agreement at the clubs’ shareholder meeting comes after two Premier League matches scheduled for the last three days were postponed – Tottenham’s first against Brighton on Sunday and then is Manchester United’s meeting with Brentford on Tuesday.

Aston Villa were also forced to cancel Sunday’s training session after positive cases in the club while in the Championship Queens Park Rangers had to ask for a match against Sheffield United to be postponed.

In testing conducted from Monday to Sunday last week, 42 ​​COVID-19 tests came back positive, more than in any period since the league began publishing results on Sunday. May 2020. In addition to daily checks, players will be given instructions on social distancing and wearing masks while indoors or traveling. It has also been suggested to clubs that they should limit the time players receive medical treatment.

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The contest’s efforts to quell the spread of the virus may not stop there. A document sent to senior staff across the Premier League and viewed by CBS Sports indicates that the next step could see clubs being asked to close canteens, meeting areas and indoor facilities. other homes to limit the spread of the virus. Clubs are also encouraged to go above and beyond the minimum standards set for them during this meeting.

These changes to players come as match supporters are also asked to make adjustments based on the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Depending on a vote in Parliament the government is expected to win, from Wednesday onwards fans will be required to show vaccine passports before entering any venue. there are more than 10,000 people. That would include all Premier League pitches.

Fans will be obligated to bring proof of vaccination or a negative/lateral flow PCR test performed within 48 hours of initiation. Among the first matches to be played under the new rules will be Arsenal’s Premier League game at home to West Ham. The managers of both teams have confirmed that there are no positive COVID-19 cases in their teams and that the match will go ahead as planned. Premier League COVID-19 emergency measures: What the Omicron variant means for players and fans

Dustin Huang

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