I am writing to you on behalf of our Chairman and Owner, our CEO, our Director of Football, our Club Captain and every single member of staff at our Club – YOUR Club.
I am writing to you today, not as the manager of your football club but as a man who cares very deeply for the well-being and safety of you, your family, your friends and everybody you hold dear.
We have to make sure the health and safety of people is our number one priority in order to win this fight – and we will win this fight. We have to. We have to for our friends, our families and those most vulnerable in our society.
The amazing people in the NHS deserve the utmost respect for their hard work and sacrifice. We can show them that respect by doing everything we can to protect them.
Anyone can spread the virus. To avoid its spread, follow these clear government rules:
Stay at home - Only leave home for essential shopping, medical needs, essential work, or one form of exercise per day.
Keep your distance - Stay at least 2 metres (6ft) away from other people. Public gatherings of more than 2 people are banned (except people you live with). Don’t visit other people’s houses or socialise outside your home.
Practise good hygiene - Wash your hands regularly, use a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes and discard it straight away, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
If you or a member of your household has coronavirus symptoms – Isolate yourself and your family for 14 days. If your symptoms don’t improve after 7 days call 111.
If you are in a high risk / vulnerable group - You should avoid leaving your home, and try to rely on friends and relatives to provide you with food and medical essentials. The Government is making arrangements to support these groups through local hubs.
For full details of the Government guidance, visit here.
We all love Everton. And football will return.
But, for now, every precaution has to be taken to prevent the spread of a virus that is highly contagious and killing people across the world, across the country and in our communities.
Please, stay home. Please, stay safe. Please, protect the NHS.
Together, we can save lives.