New rules now introduced in Premier League amid COVID-19 second wave
In a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19 among players and staff, the Premier League is trying to introduce an “enhanced” set of measures.
In a letter sent out on Friday, the 20 clubs were warned to adhere or risk the possibility of punishment.
Among the guidelines include: players not to hugging or shaking hands. Swapping of shirts has also been banned.
But the measures will not be officially brought in until the next Premier League shareholders’ meeting, but clubs have been instructed to start following them straight away.
All players are required to wear face masks always unless they are playing during the match, warming up or giving interviews.
Guests in matchday directors’ boxes are now also limited to 10-per-team.
Travel restrictions have become stricter, too, with clubs needing to use three coaches to travel anywhere, to ensure social distancing is respected.
In the latest week of testing in the Premier League, there was a season-high return of 40 positive coronavirus tests.