A unanimous decision was taken by Premier League clubs to resume contact training as four more individuals tested positive for Covid-19.
The third round of testing within the Premier League has been concluded totalling 1,008 players and staff. This leads to Phase 2 of Project Restart which will see players “train as a group and tackling while minimising unnecessary close contact” as communicated by league officials. Discussions regarding the resumption of the Premier League are still ongoing.
As of yet, 12 individuals have tested positive after more than 2,500 tests were carried out. Going forward, all Premier League players and staff will be continually be tested twice a week as clubs are being given an allowance 60 tests per club – a 12% increase over the previous allowance. Any individual within the league that test positive, must self isolate for a period of 7 days.
Phase 3 of Project Restart would ease the restrictions allowing for 11 v 11 close contact training which is necessary for clubs to be able to prepare themselves to play competitively again. This would be another significant step for the league to resume but also brings with it an increased risk of transmission.
Players and staff would be required to accept the strict social distancing measures off-field and also take on the added risks associated with the next phase. The official Premier League statement can be found here.