Published: 14:00, 10 March 2020
| Updated: 14:22, 10 March 2020
Gillingham are planning for business as usual this weekend.
The spread of coronavirus has led to speculation that sporting fixtures in England could be affected, as they have been in other European countries.
At present there are no restrictions on sports events in England.
A spokesperson from the Gills on Tuesday said: “The club will be following the appropriate guidelines set out by the government, and the EFL.
“There are no plans at this stage to alter our matchday routine.”
Bosses are hoping for a bumper turnout at Priestfield this weekend for a crucial match against Fleetwood Town.
The club will continue to liaise with relevant authorities throughout the week and carry out appropriate guidelines.
Last week’s matches went ahead as planned and the only change was that the regular Fair Play handshakes before kick off didn’t take place. This precautionary measure will remain in place until further notice.
The EFL say they are in regular dialogue with the government.
Championship side Nottingham Forest released a statement today confirming that their owner Evangelos Marinakis has tested positive for virus.
He attended their game on Friday and the club say they are "seeking advice from medical professionals and the relevant governing bodies to ensure the correct measures are taken."
In Italy, top-flight matches were played behind closed doors before the whole country was placed under severe restrictions, including the cancellation of all sporting events for the remainder of the month.
Matches in Spain's top two divisions will be played behind closed doors for the next fortnight, at least. Games elsewhere in Europe, including France and Germany, have also been played without supporters present.
The EFL say they will “continue to provide EFL clubs with updates and advice as it is issued to ensure that they have all the relevant up-to date information so that they can continue to advise their players, staff and supporters.”
The government say that part of a delay phase for the virus could be a “population distancing strategy” which includes reducing the number of large-scale gatherings, such as football matches.
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