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EFL Coronavirus advice ahead of upcoming matches

Fair Play handshake will not take place...

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 EFL matches until further notice.

Whilst the Government guidance does remain unchanged, a decision has been taken 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 Southend and Sky Bet League One.

At the current time, the advice remains unchanged and this Saturday's game against Bristol Rovers will continue as normal, with all EFL Clubs being advised to take appropriate prevention measures as per the Government guidance.

Due to the ongoing situation, Southend United Football Club kindly requests all supporters maintain good levels of hygiene as advised by the NHS, to avoid possible infection and spreading.

The EFL will continue to provide Southend United with updates and advice as it is issued, to ensure that everyone has all the relevant up-to-date information.

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


  1. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
  2. Put used tissues in the bin straight away
  3. Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  4. Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  6. Not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  7. 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.
  8. Further information is available on the PHE blog and NHS.UK.

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