EFL make COVID-19 confirmation as Sheffield Wednesday & Co. discover the way forward

The English Football League say ‘elite sport will be able to continue and EFL competitions will therefore remain as currently scheduled’.

By Joe Crann
Saturday, 31st October 2020, 8:27 pm
The EFL says that elite football will continue during the national lockdown. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
The EFL says that elite football will continue during the national lockdown. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

It was confirmed on Saturday that a national lockdown will be implemented from November 5th, but it appears that Sheffield Wednesday and their fellow EFL clubs will continue to play out their matches.

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The statement in full read, “The EFL notes the difficult decision taken by the Government in respect of the implementation of a ‘national lockdown’ in England from Thursday 5 November 2020 in response to the rising cases of COVID-19.

“During this next phase it has been confirmed to the League by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) that elite sport will be able to continue and EFL competitions will therefore remain as currently scheduled (in both England and Wales).

“Professional football has implemented some of the most stringent, robust and regularly reviewed protocols since the restart in June 2020 and our medical experts’ advice remains in place to fully adhere to these measures which are specifically designed to mitigate against the spread of the virus.

"The health, safety and well-being of players and Club staff throughout the pandemic has been our first priority and this will continue as we enter this next period of lockdown and beyond.

"In addition, we acknowledge the Government’s national efforts in tackling this outbreak and would hope that during this next phase of the crisis, our national sport, negatively affected by COVID-19 like many other industries, can continue to provide some form of welcome distraction and give people in our communities up and down the country a sense of normality in very challenging times.”