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Coronavirus: An EFL update and advice ahead of Bolton

Guidance for supporters ahead of home match

6 March 2020

As a result of the ongoing concerns posed by the Coronavirus outbreak and following specific medical advice, the Fair Play handshake between players and match officials will not take place at AFC Wimbledon’s matches until further notice.

Whilst the Government guidance does remain unchanged, a decision has been taken by the EFL due to the way in which the Covid-19 virus can be transmitted through a handshake.

The EFL remains in regular dialogue with the Government regarding the ongoing concerns posed by the coronavirus and is being appraised on a regular basis of developments that could potentially impact AFC Wimbledon and the competitions we participate in.

At the current time, the advice remains unchanged and our game against Bolton Wanderers will continue as normal this weekend with all EFL Clubs being advised to take appropriate prevention measures as per the Government guidance.

The EFL will continue to provide us with updates and advice as it is issued to ensure we have all the relevant up-to date information and we will advise our supporters accordingly.

These matters are subject to constant change and we will update as appropriate.

Key messages about Coronavirus

  • Public health experts have been giving out lots of advice to try to stop the spread of the virus and washing your hands is one of the simplest things you can do to stop catching coronavirus.
  • There is currently no rationale to close or cancel sporting events, but this may change as the situation evolves so keep across our channels for latest updates.
  • Anyone with flu-symptoms should avoid the risk of spreading their infection, whatever that infection may be, by staying at home and recovering.

Supporter advice

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • To contact NHS 111 if anyone is worried about their symptoms. The advice is to not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.
  • Further information is available on the PHE blog and NHS.UK.

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