The Premier League is not intending to send squads of players into quarantine if one of them tests positive for coronavirus once they return to training.
Instead it is hoped that as long as social distancing and hygiene measures have been observed the players will be able to continue preparing towards the resumption of matches next month. The issue of what happens if a player tests positive is one that has led to a debate between the Premier League, health professionals and the Government, through the Department of Culture, Media and Sport with, it is understood, the final decision resting with Public Health England.
It will also be raised by the Professional Footballers’ Association and discussed during a crucial teleconference between the Premier League and the players captains group next week during which the return to play protocols will be detailed.
The Premier League will argue that the measures to be put in place will be strict enough so that if they are properly adhered to by players and staff the virus should not be spread. If a player tests positive after returning to training then he and his family will go into quarantine at home for 14 days.
The Premier League will explain to players that there will need to be a “cultural change” around training grounds and hopes that the period before games start will lead to a change in behaviour so they can move on to the next stage more safely. Around 35 players and members of staff at clubs will be tested twice a week once training is resumed.