Premier leagues clubs have agreed after voting in a meeting on Monday that players must observe social distancing rules and avoid contact while training.
These clubs have carried out extensive testing on their players and staffs alike to determine the probability of those infected by the virus, this testing was done on the 17th and 18th of May and results would be announced on Tuesday the 19th of May.
Mark Gillet, the medical adviser for the premier league relayed in an interview that discussions would take place in the coming weeks to decide if clubs would isolate in hotels for a period of 14days before play resumes, as was done in Germany before leagues started.
The Manager of Newcastle United, Steve Bruce said “the return to training will be as safe as it can be with players arriving in kits and wearing snoods during training”.
“It’s been a really difficult time, but I hope with the news that phase one is about to start – and I must stress that phase one looks as if it’s as safe as it can be – I’m sure everyone will be delighted that we’re trying to make that effort,” he told NUFC TV.
“Everything is in place in the safety aspect. I’ve got no issues and I can tell the supporters the players and the staff are as safe as we possibly can be.”
What happens next?
25 May: UEFA deadline for leagues to have finalised plan for restarting.
1 June: Government date for possible return of elite sport behind closed.
12 June: Premier League initially aiming to return with first fixture.
But with these measures in place, do you think the players and staffs should be exposed and risked this way?