Club Statement: Self-Isolation Measure for Everton Player

13 March 2020

To clarify our earlier statement, Everton Football Club can confirm that one member of the Everton first-team squad reported a high temperature last night and is now undertaking a period of self-isolation for seven days.

In line with Government guidelines no other players are self-isolating at this stage but the Club’s USM training facility has been closed as a precaution and staff, including players, have been advised to stay away from all Club sites until further notice.

The health, welfare and safety of all Everton players, staff and stakeholders is the Club’s absolute priority. Therefore, the Club has taken the decision to close down all Everton workplaces including USM Finch Farm, Goodison Park and its headquarters at the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool City Centre. The Club’s retail store at Goodison Park will also close but its Liverpool ONE store is unaffected and will remain open.

Everton will continue to adhere to UK Government and Public Health guidelines with regards to the closure of its facilities and wellbeing of staff and will be discussing next steps with regards to upcoming fixtures with the Premier League on Friday morning.

Further updates will be provided in due course, including guidance relating to forthcoming fixtures.

10 March 2020

Everton Football Club takes supporter safety and its duty of care to anyone attending a fixture or event at Goodison Park very seriously.

Therefore, we are closely monitoring the development of the current coronavirus, or Covid-19 outbreak.

We would like to remind all supporters of their own duty of care and to help prevent the spread of the virus.

England’s Chief Medical Officer raised the risk of the virus to the public from low to moderate. The Club is committed to stopping the spread of the virus and, as a result, we are taking positive steps to reduce any risk to anyone attending or working at the game.

Club officials have already taken measures to educate staff on best practices to prevent the virus spreading, spotting symptoms and other general guidance.

If you are planning to attend the match and have travelled to or from any of the below countries or regions in the last month, or if you are experiencing cold and flu symptoms; particularly a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath, please carefully consider your plans to attend the match and the impact your attendance could have on others.

Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy , Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Tenerife – only the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel, Thailand, Vietnam.

If you have any concerns, think you have symptoms of the coronavirus or believe you may have been exposed to the virus when travelling, please seek medical advice from the NHS helpline on 111 (from the UK) or click here.

To help minimise the risk of the virus spreading, please keep a heightened sense of personal hygiene at all times. The UK Government and NHS have issued the following guidance:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell

Fixtures in the Premier League are currently unaffected and the Club will continue to take guidance from the Premier League, UK Government, NHS and World Health Organisation.

Further updates will be provided should there be any changes to the current situation.

To find out more information on the Coronavirus or COVID-19, click here.