Premier League fixtures will take place as normal this weekend, despite the growing threat of Coronavirus.
As football, sport, and mass gatherings are shut down in many other European countries, the British government has decided against restrictions for the time-being.
Arsenal will face Brighton this weekend at the Amex Stadium, with fans allowed into the ground, and this evening the Premier League confirmed it was business as usual in spite of the illness which is reportedly mpacting thousands across the UK.
In a statement, they said:
Following the latest update from Government issued this afternoon, all Premier League matches will go ahead as scheduled this weekend.
While the Prime Minister advised that all sporting events should take place as normal for now, he also indicated that Government is considering banning major public events, like sporting fixtures.
We are therefore continuing to work closely with our clubs, Government, The FA, EFL and other relevant stakeholders to ensure appropriate contingency plans are in place as and when circumstances change.
The welfare of players, staff and supporters is of paramount importance and we will continue to follow Public Health England guidelines thoroughly.
We will keep everyone updated as appropriate.
Earlier today, La Liga announced no games for at least two weeks; Italy is in total lockdown; and across the globe measures are being put in place to help prevent the spread of an illness which is killing a significant amount of people.
Let’s hope that the decision doesn’t see the infection spread further but it seems odd that as everyone else is trying to curb large scale public events, they’re still going ahead.