TWO football clubs have had to suspend all their activities after players and staff tested positive for Covid-19.
Hyde United have had to call everything off – both training and matches – up to and including October 24.
And The Correspondent can reveal the same shutdown is in place at Denton Town, although they hope to play on Saturday week.
Hyde have been forced to postpone scheduled Northern Premier League Premier Division matches against Whitby Town and Witton Albion at Ewen Fields, as well as the away game at Nantwich Town, because of the test results.
A statement said: “Unfortunately, we have received news of two positive tests for Covid-19 involving the First Team playing/backroom team.
“The correct protocols were followed and cases reported to the NHS. The ‘Track and Trace’ unit has now issued 14 day isolation instructions to other members of the squad and management team that were deemed to be in close contact.
“Consequently, all first team activity, both scheduled training and matches, are postponed up to and including October 24.
“We will advise further dates for postponed matches once re-arranged with respective clubs – Whitby Town (H), Witton Albion (H) and Nantwich Town (A).
“Anyone who has purchased e-tickets for the Whitby and Witton matches will be directly refunded.
“This situation does NOT affect pitch bookings or other activity at the football club.
“Hyde United have put significant procedures in place to ensure the safety of all players, staff and visitors to the club to minimise risk and our assessments are constantly reviewed.
“Unfortunately, this can only minimise risk and not eliminate it completely.
“This is another opportunity to remind everyone that anyone displaying symptoms should self-isolate and obtain a Covid-19 test immediately.
“Also, please follow the NHS guidance regarding hand hygiene, the wearing of face coverings and observing social distancing – keep yourselves, your family and your community safe.”
Meanwhile, Denton Town have been forced to postpone Saturday’s home match against Parklands after having to close down for 10 days.
Three team members have tested positive for coronavirus and joint manager Phill Cooper admitted the Cheshire League League One side was left with little choice.
He told The Correspondent: “We were meant to be at home on Saturday but at the moment our game at Malpas on October 24 is on.
“We’ve had three players test positive and another five must self-isolate for 10 days from the positive tests after being in close contact with them, things like travelling in the same car.
“It’s taken us totally by surprise but as a club we’re doing what we can. That’s why the decision to shut down was made, no training and no matches.
“It’s affected other clubs too, they’ve had to shut down for two or three weeks.
“The Parklands game that should’ve been on Saturday has been postponed until later in the season.”