Coronavirus update: Key questions answered as Sheffield Wednesday join rest of the country in football shutdown

The coronavirus pandemic has left Sheffield Wednesday and the wider football community in limbo, with all football suspended until April 4 at the very earliest.

Sunday, 15th March 2020, 6:16 pm

But with the suspension likely to be pushed much further back than that original watershed and with the scale of the virus not yet known, there are far more questions than answers ahead.

But what’s happening at Sheffield Wednesday and what’s gone on during the first empty weekend of the suspended fixture schedule?

Let’s take a look at some of your questions, answered.

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Are any of the players or staff ill?

The Star understands that no Sheffield Wednesday player or staff member has reported any feeling of illness or that they have shown any symptoms of Covid-19.

Several clubs across the country are in lockdown, with players and staff in self-isolation after players reported issues.

It is not known whether Sheffield Wednesday players have been individually tested.

The clock is seen inside Hillsborough, home of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, following yesterday's announcement that the English Football League has suspended all matches until Friday April 3, 2020. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

What’s the state of play at the club?

Garry Monk has taken training and life has gone on at the football club, with the players having reported to their Middlewood Road training ground this morning in preparation for the match at Swansea on April 4.

Outside community events are common at the base but have been suspended for the foreseeable future.

A handful of non-football staff members are understood to be working from home at their own discretion but there are otherwise no issues at Hillsborough.

Some clubs have donated wasted food items – have Wednesday?

The Star understands that because Wednesday’s home clash with Nottingham Forest was always in doubt – Forest’s owner Evangelos Marinakis confirmed he had contracted coronavirus last week – the club delayed the ordering of any food until the very last minute, meaning there was no wasted food to donate.

Frozen items have been retained.

And what about non-football staff at the club? Will they still be paid?

It is believed that there are no ‘zero hours’ staff working at the football club and that all staff members are contracted, meaning staff will be paid despite the lack of match action at Hillsborough.