Still another facet in the English top tier have been advised to stay indoors because of fears of further spreading Covid-19.
Everton have declared that their full first-team squad are in self-isolation after a player reported on the club he had symptoms consistent with coronavirus.
Additionally, the Toffees have closed Goodison Park, the team’s headquarters at Liverpool city center and their training center, Finch Farm.
The team are keeping close tabs on the player, in addition to the rest of people who might have come in contact with the person in question.
A statement published on Friday reads: “Everton Football Club can confirm that, as a preventative measure, its complete first-team team and coaching staff are undertaking a period of self-isolation subsequent medical advice.
“The step was taken after a first-team participant-reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus. The Club is in regular contact with the participant in question and is monitoring the health of all staff and players.
“The health, welfare and safety of all Everton players, stakeholders and staff is the Club’s absolute priority.
“Therefore, the Club has taken the decision to shut down all Everton offices including USM Finch Farm, Goodison Park and its own headquarters in the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool City Centre. The Club’s retail shop at Goodison Park will even shut but its Liverpool ONE shop is unaffected and will remain open.
“Everton will continue to adhere to UK Government and Public Health guidelines with respect to the closing of its facilities and wellbeing of staff and will be discussing the next steps with respect to upcoming fixtures with the Premier League on Friday morning.
“Further updates will be provided in due course, including advice concerning forthcoming fixtures.”
Everton had been set to undertake cross-town competitions and Premier League champions-elect Liverpool on Monday, but the odds of that fixture moving ahead now seem slim to none after the closure of Goodison.
Additionally, the Premier League itself is set to have a crisis meeting around 10:30 am UK time on Friday to discuss whether the weekend of fittings should proceed at all after Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s positive test for Covid-19 forced the Gunners into quarantine.
Bournemouth have declared that first-team goalkeeper Artur Boruc and four staff members have put themselves into self-isolation before the scheduled meeting with Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The club clarified the decision by using their official site: “This is a preventative measure, at this stage, none have tested positive for Coronavirus.
“The team continues to monitor the situation carefully and to take appropriate measures to ensure the wellbeing of its workers and supporters.”
Players from Leicester and Chelsea also have been affected thus far, with more expected to follow in the coming hours and days.