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CORONAVIRUS: Updated advice from the LFA ...

CORONAVIRUS: Updated advice from the LFA 13th March 2020

 

 

What is Lancashire FA’s stance right now?

 

All Lancashire FA, Cup fixtures and Coach Education courses will now be postponed until after the 3rd April in alignment with the professional game. It is a League's decision, currently, if they wish to continue playing or to postpone their respective competitions as autonomous bodies within the game. This is in line with government advice at this time.

 

It is not felt that all GR fixtures need to be cancelled as a matter of course at this time, although some may need to be if teams are self-isolating and are unable to play, or if teams are concerned about playing and the League agrees to postpone. We are liaising closely with The FA and, if anything changes, we will inform you. Please ensure that you are following, and advising anyone connected to the game to follow, the guidance from Public Health England.

The current position from the professional game bodies is as follows:

 

The FA, Premier League, EFL and FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship below have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until 3rd April at the earliest.


This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due to the increasing numbers of Clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the Covid-19 virus.

It will also apply to all England team fixtures at every level and all FA competitions including the FA Cup and the Women’s FA Cup, along with academy and youth-team matches.

The decision is being made purely on the number of cases requiring self-isolation and the impact on facilities. Given the steps being taken across clubs, there is no alternative but for today’s action. However, all parties are committed at this time to trying to complete this season’s domestic fixture programme and are liaising to establish appropriate options to do so.

The FA is liaising with the National League Pyramids (Men's and Women's) and will continue to offer guidance and support. Any decision to continue playing or to postpone their respective competitions is a matter for each League as autonomous bodies within the game.

With respect to the Senior Men’s fixtures against Italy and Denmark at Wembley Stadium, refunds will be processed to all ticket buyers within 14 working days.

Monies will be returned to the card used to make the original booking. The refund process for England’s MU21 and MU20 home fixtures is still to be confirmed.

UEFA had already confirmed that all Elite Round qualifiers across U17 and U19 age groups had been postponed. Europe’s governing body will meet on Tuesday to discuss further implications for international football including national-team and club competitions.

We will continue to monitor all Government advice with the situation under constant review, with the priority being the health and well-being of all. Further updates will follow in due course.
The FA, Premier League, EFL and FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until 3 April at the earliest.

This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due to the increasing numbers of clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the Covid-19 virus.

It will also apply to all England team fixtures at every level and all FA competitions including the FA Cup and the Women’s FA Cup, along with academy and youth-team matches.

The decision is being made purely on the number of cases requiring self-isolation and the impact on facilities. Given the steps being taken across clubs, there is no alternative but for today’s action. However, all parties are committed at this time to trying to complete this season’s domestic fixture programme and are liaising to establish appropriate options to do so.

The FA is liaising with the National League pyramids (men’s and women’s) and will continue to offer guidance and support. Any decision to continue playing or to postpone their respective competitions is a matter for each league as autonomous bodies within the game.

With respect to the senior men’s fixtures against Italy and Denmark at Wembley Stadium, refunds will be processed to all ticket buyers within 14 working days.

Monies will be returned to the card used to make the original booking. The refund process for England’s MU21 and MU20 home fixtures is still to be confirmed.

UEFA had already confirmed that all Elite Round qualifiers across U17 and U19 age groups had been postponed. Europe’s governing body will meet on Tuesday to discuss further implications for international football including national-team and club competitions.

We will continue to monitor all Government advice with the situation under constant review, with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. Further updates will follow in due course.
   

For further information on coronavirus, please access the NHS's dedicated website here.

 

 

 

Q & A | Coronavirus Information & Advice

 

What is coronavirus?

 

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

 

What are the signs and symptoms of coronavirus?

 

The symptoms of this new coronavirus (COVID-19) include cough, fever, shortness of breath, or flu-like symptoms. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild.

 

How do we reduce the spread of coronavirus?

 

There are things you can do to help stop germs like coronavirus spreading:

  • always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel
  • wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds each time with soap and water or hand sanitiser, especially when you:
    • get home or into work
    • blow your nose, sneeze or cough
    • eat or handle food
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell

 

Is hand sanitiser effective?

The best way to protect yourself from infections like coronavirus is to regularly wash your hands with soap and water. If soap or water aren’t available and your hands are visibly clean, then sanitiser gel can be used. But proper hand washing is the most effective method and this should be your first choice.

 

What should be done if an individual suspects that they may have coronavirus?

 

  • Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
  • Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
    • a high temperature
    • a new, continuous cough
  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
  • You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home
  • Do not have visitors or leave the house

 

Read the NHS self-isolation advise about staying at home here.

 

When should the NHS 111 online coronavirus service be used?

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days