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York City vs Altrincham postponed due to Coronavirus fears

York City’s match against Altrincham scheduled for Saturday has been postponed, with members of both teams showing potential symptoms of the Coronavirus.

Despite several matches across the National League and National Leagues North and South set to go ahead, a joint decision was made by York and Altrincham to call off the game at Bootham Crescent.

A statement on the York City website posted late last night read: “York City and Altrincham have taken the joint decision to postpone their National League North fixture scheduled for tomorrow.

“This is due to employees of both teams recently self-isolating after showing potential symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.

Yesterday afternoon, the National League had stated that matches in its three divisions would proceed as planned.

This was in spite of matches in the Premier League, the Football League, and the Women’s Super League, amongst others, being postponed by the FA until Friday, April 3, at the earliest.

York City has also released another statement relating to coronavirus. Fans are asked to observe advice on handshakes and other interactions with players. Supporters displaying flu-like symptoms should stay at home.

The statement reads: “As a club, we have been closely monitoring the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and are aligned with the most recent Government, FA and National League guidance.

“It’s important that the club, players and fans do their bit to help to reduce the risk of the spread of the virus, in a calm and informed way.

“Therefore, we have taken measures to improve hand-washing facilities at Bootham Crescent and ask that fans are mindful of the current situation, in relation to requesting handshakes, autographs, and pictures with players.

“With the health of players, fans and staff in mind, we would ask that anyone showing flu-like symptoms please stay at home.

“As and when we receive further information we will share with fans.”