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NEWS: Coventry City taking Coronavirus precautions, affecting matchdays and appearances

9 March 2020

Coventry City will be taking precautions with regards to the COVID-19 i.e. Coronavirus, to help prevent the spread of the virus and protect the health of supporters, players and staff.

We encourage all supporters to maintain good levels of hygiene and hand washing as advised by the NHS, to help avoid possible infection and spreading.

Only players and staff will be allowed to visit the Club’s Ryton Training Ground, while other precautions are being put in place at the Sky Blue Lodge.

COVID-19 can be spread via droplets from the nose and mouth and can be transmitted on to the hands and passed on via a handshake or touch.

Players will therefore not be shaking hands, signing autographs or stopping for photographs on arrival or departure from St Andrew’s on Saturday, or at away fixtures.

The Fair Play handshake will not take place pre-match until further notice.

While players attending the Family Zone is an important part of matchdays, this will not take place until further notice nor will the Dugout Draw. Players will not visit corporate lounges on matchdays either.

Mascots will walk out alongside the team but will not visit the changing room before the game on Saturday. Mascots have been contacted and will be accommodated at a game next season to give them the full experience. Mascots for future matches this season will be contacted and updated in the week prior to their fixture.

All player and staff appearances will be cancelled for the foreseeable future, which has resulted in the cancellation of this Thursday’s launch of the official lager Sky Blue Army. Fans who have booked will receive a refund for the event. However, Dhillons Brewery will be open on Thursday night for fans to go along and buy Sky Blue Army in cans and also on draught. 

The interaction with our fans and our community is important to the Club and players, and we apologise for the inconvenience, but we trust that supporters will understand the circumstances leading to this decision.

Any supporter displaying symptoms consistent with the virus or feeling unwell should familiarise themselves with the advice of the Chief Medical Officer on self-isolation. CLICK HERE

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms include fever and a cough that may progress to severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

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.

We will continue to take advice from the relevant authorities and continue to update supporters with further developments.

Click here for the latest government advice.

No decision has been made on future events, and we will continue to announce upcoming events, such as the End of Season Awards, to allow fans to plan for these accordingly in their diaries.


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