COVID-19 SPFA Response

As you will all be aware from news reports the Coronavirus is now in Scotland, our match day event on Sunday 8th March will still go ahead.

That said we are of course aware many of our players/volunteers and families may have under lying health conditions which makes them vulnerable to such illnesses.
The SPFA has a duty of care to protect all participants and supporters at our events and sessions.
To help with this we are asking everyone to take the following precautions:

  • Make sure that all athletes, coaches or volunteers that feel poorly do not attend events or sessions, especially if they have flu like symptoms.
  • Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include
    • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
    • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Following on from the SFA announcement it has been agreed that with immediate effect the SPFA would seek to suspend the traditional practice of shaking hands between opponents and match officials prior to and following matches.
    This is in keeping with the Scottish Government’s circulated guidance on appropriate steps to reduce person-to-person contact and the resultant spread of the infection, and will remain in effect until further notice.

Further information on the virus can be found on the World Health Organisation website,

WHO Questions and Answers

Joint SFA SPFL Response

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