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Coronavirus update from National League

6 March 2020

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The National League has received communication from The Football Association in connection to the government's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

As you will no doubt already be aware there is currently a public information campaign, which advises people to:

- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work.
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
- Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards.
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- Not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
- Clubs are encouraged to stay up to date on the government’s latest advice on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus, which is available here:

Furthermore, in light of the government's campaign, and as a precaution, clubs are advised that pre-match 'fair play' handshakes between players and match officials will not take place in the National League until further notice.

Instead, both teams should walk out and line up astride the half-way line as usual. Then, on the referee's signal, teams should break to their own halves of the field without the home side walking past or shaking hands with the away side. Similarly, customary handshakes between captains and match officials ahead of kick-off are not required.

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