Premier League announce new COVID-19 controls for clubs
The Premier League has announced today that players and club staff will now have to take daily lateral flow tests in order to gain access to training grounds and facilities.
As well as lateral flow tests, players and staff will be required to take a PCR test twice-a-week – a rule that was in operation last season before being changed to the lateral flow tests in the summer.
The new measures are being put in place due to the the recent surge of positive cases in the league.
On Monday, the Premier League announced that 42 positive cases had been found amongst players and staff in the preceding seven days to their study.
This is the highest number of cases recorded by the league since they began Covid testing players during Project Restart in the latter end of the 2019/20 season, which aimed to get football back to normal following the lockdowns of 2020.
Clubs such as Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are victims of recent outbreaks of Covid-19 and have therefore seen their matches against Brentford (Man UTD) and Brighton (Spurs) postponed until the unforeseen future.
Whilst there is no confirmed date regarding when the regulations will come into play – it is likely to be as soon as possible.
Other restrictions including social distancing, mandatory mask wearing and limitation of physical treatment are all expected to make a stricter comeback as clubs try to diminish any chance of Covid spreading.
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