14th March 2020, 17:56 | Leeds
The Leeds Rhinos player who was tested for the coronavirus has been cleared of having contracted the virus after his test produced a negative result.
On Friday, Leeds Rhinos decided not to travel to Spain for the scheduled Betfred Super League clash against Catalans Dragons, due to be played this Saturday behind closed doors at Stade Gilbert Brutus in Perpignan, on medical grounds.
A member of the Leeds Rhinos squad had self-isolated after showing symptoms of possible coronavirus. The player was tested on Friday and his result has returned as negative.
Leeds Rhinos have introduced changes to its day to day business operations and match day protocols and procedures based on the advice of health officials regarding COVID-19.
The changes are designed to protect the health and safety of players and fans and will mean a reduced level of interaction during the week and on matchdays. Whilst the latest government recommendations have advised there is no current risk to people attending mass gatherings, the Rhinos have issued players and staff with a set of guidelines to help reduce the potential spread of the virus.
Among the changes which will be effective immediately:
Leeds Rhinos Operations Director Sue Ward commented, “Our priority is the health and safety of everyone who uses Emerald Headingley Stadium, which includes our players, staff and customers. As well as the stadium, at our training ground we will have a strict entry policy to limit the amount of people who have access to minimize as much as possible the amount of people using the facility and the increased chance of spreading the virus. Our medical staff have kept the players and coaches fully briefed on best practise and we will continue to monitor the situation and take our lead from the authorities.
“We are following the guidelines set down by the UK government and will have extra measures in place for the St Helens game, including hand gel available to supporters and signage to remind spectators of the extra precautions they can take to protect themselves, as set down by Public Health England.”