EXCLUSIVE: Premier League clubs must abide by ’emergency Covid rules’ after spike in cases – with medical staff wearing PPE, treatment time limits, masks on training grounds and random inspections
- Clubs have been told by the Premier League to impose stricter Covid measures
- Just weeks before the new season, there had been an alarming spike
- New guidelines require medical personnel to wear personal protective equipment and limits on treatment time
- The ’emergency measures Covid’ could remain in force until October
Premier League clubs are imposing ’emergency measures’ less than three weeks into the new season amid the worrying wave of Covid cases following the summer break.
Sportsmail has learned that as of this morning, clubs have been advised by the Premier League to impose stricter Covid guidelines to contain the rise in cases since the start of the preseason.
The news was communicated to clubs in the past 48 hours. The strict new rules are similar to the restrictions that came with Project Restart when football returned during the first Covid lockdown in the summer of 2020.
Premier League clubs have been told to impose stricter Covid guidelines amid spike in cases
Medical personnel will have to wear PPE under the new measures. Pictured here is a Wolves physio wearing a mask while giving Raul Jimenez treatment
The new restrictions require medical personnel to wear full personal protective equipment when coming into contact with playing personnel, and a 15-minute time limit for treatment will again be imposed.
The measures also include social distancing and masks in indoor areas.
The use of masks will be mandatory on training fields, although it is unclear at this stage what the new rules will be for training sessions. Inspectors will also make routine visits to clubs to ensure compliance with guidelines.
There is a feeling from Premier League clubs that the ’emergency measures’ could be in place until October.
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Some clubs fear the new restrictions could derail their preparations for the upcoming season
A number of Premier League clubs, including Arsenal and Leicester, have been hit by a number of Covid cases since the start of the preseason after players and staff returned from their summer break.
And the Premier League has acted quickly to ensure the problem does not escalate further – a scenario that could threaten the start of the new season.
But the news has been met with some disappointment by some clubs who believe the new restrictions will derail preparations for next season.