At the current time grassroots football matches, like other forms of public gatherings, have NOT been banned. However, all clubs are advised to take basic precautions to protect players, officials and spectators and to delay the development of the disease. These general precautions include:
- Washing your hands regularly with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitise that contains at least 60% alcohol if hand-washing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough and sneeze. Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands.
- If any players, officials or spectators show any symptoms (however mild) of COVID-19 – these include a high temperature or a new, continuous cough – they should self-isolate by staying at home for 14 days. No adult or child should be attending football matches or training sessions if they suspect that they have relevant symptoms. If a child is not attending school due to symptoms, they should not be attending football sessions.
- Avoid shaking hands – discuss and agree alternatives with opposition coaches, match and league officials.