Virus update

You will all have been monitoring the news yesterday and today, and will have seen that we are currently experiencing a fast-moving situation in relation to Coronavirus.

As we did last week, the HYFL/HSC has reviewed, in detail, the guidance provided by the two key bodies – the Government and Public Health England (PHE); as well as announcements made by The FA/Middlesex FA. We have also liaised with The FA/MFA and PHE this afternoon.

It is the intention of the HYFL and HSC to follow the guidance issued by these central bodies, and not to form our own (ill-informed) views or to take a position which is contrary to their guidance.

The Government and PHE guidance (and that of The FA/MFA) currently does ‘not’ indicate that smaller-scale sporting events (such as grassroots football) should be postponed.

As a result, the HYFL/HSC fixture programme currently remains in place.

Strict hygiene standards should be followed at all games, to include no hand-shakes (which is now the clear guidance) and regular washing of hands with soap and water (or hand sanitiser gel).

If a match is postponed/defaulted – then, as with all games, an on-line unplayed/defaulted match report form should be submitted by both clubs – and the result/outcome of the match will be determined in due course over the following weeks.

The above will be kept under review on a week-by-week basis.

15 Mar 20