Clubs commended for “excellent work”

Ebac Northern League clubs were today urged to ensure Government guidelines for dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic are followed by everyone involved in the league.

In a message to clubs, league secretary Kevin Hewitt said:

“As  many of you will be aware, especially the Durham clubs, who have received the statement from Durham County FA earlier today, that following a significant increase in the number of reported coronavirus cases, that Sunderland, Gateshead and South Tyneside have been included on the Government Watch list.

“Meetings were held last night  and this morning with Sunderland City Council, the Sunderland Director of Public Health together with some of the leagues in the area and other providers to do what they can to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in the region.

“Following those meetings Durham County FA decided that all games scheduled to be played in Sunderland, Gateshead and South Tyneside below Step 6 of the National League System would be cancelled with immediate effect until Monday 21st September 2020 when the position would be reviewed.

“While this decision doesn’t currently affect any teams in either the Ebac Northern League First or Second Division, which are at Steps 5 and 6 respectively of the NLS, it does highlight the importance of maintaining the standards set out in your Covid-19 risk assessments and adhering strictly to all government advice, guidance and instructions regarding social distancing, sanitisation etc.

“You should be aware that failure to do so could result in fixtures being suspended for a period of time or ultimately the season being curtailed as it was last season.

“The work clubs have done so far has been excellent and you should be highly commended for your efforts but I cannot emphasise enough the seriousness of a repeat of last season’s scenario as it will affect the future of your club going forward and in some cases the result may well be terminal.

“Consequently, please emphasise to management, players, club officials and spectators alike the importance of following Government advice both at and away from the club as we need to ensure everyone involved remains safe and ultimately protects lives of themselves and others.”