England’s Premier League announced Monday that it will institute its Covid-19 emergency measures due to a rise in Covid-19 cases across the country. The Premier League also revealed a significant increase of Covid-19 cases within the league.
The measures will apply to all clubs and will require protocols such as wearing face coverings while indoors, observing social distancing and limiting treatment time, the Premier League said in a statement. The league will also increase lateral flow and PCR testing of players and staff.
The Premier League said that it received 42 new positive Covid-19 tests between Dec. 6 and 12, more than triple the previous week’s total of 12.
“We will continue to work closely with the Government, local authorities and supporter groups, while being responsive to any future changes to national or local guidance,” the Premier League said in its statement.
Manchester United announced Monday that it was halting operations at its training complex for 24 hours to try to slow the spread after a number of positive tests in recent days. United’s scheduled Tuesday fixture against Brentford is also in doubt, according to the club.
Another Premier League club, Tottenham Hotspur, had to postpone its game Sunday due to a Covid-19 outbreak within the team which has impacted more than a dozen players and staff.