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PSL bans hand shakes at matches over coronavirus fears

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has announced safety measures following the confirmation fo the first positive case of the coronavirus in South Africa.

Ajax Cape Town players walk out of the tunnel for a GladAfrica Championship match. Picture: @OfficialPSL/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has announced safety measures following the confirmation fo the first positive case of the coronavirus in South Africa.

The league said that it was pertinent to advise clubs’ management, players, technical staff, match officials, match commissioners, sponsors, PSL staff and other stakeholders on the importance of the recent COVID-19 outbreak.

The league advised stakeholders to be aware of the controllable risks factors of the virus.

With several teams in the Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship, including playing within the continent, the league felt that it was necessary to issue precautionary measures to minimise the risk of contracting the virus.

Some precautionary measures include, but are not limited to:

1. Shaking of hands should be suspended to reduce spread risk.
2. When coughing, cough within the elbow or tissue (dispose of the tissue in the correct manner).
3. Wash hands frequently with soap and water or utilises waterless hand washes often especially after contact with individuals.
4. When handling public space materials (trolleys at airports and public spaces etc), it is advisable to, if possible, use disinfectant wipes on these items also to reduce risk.
5. Limit direct contact with individuals by handshaking, hugging as much as one can.