COVID-19 Update

Our community’s health comes first in football decisions


Participants, players, coaches, officials, volunteers and their families’ health is the main priority for all football decisions during the rapidly developing COVID-19 situation.

It’s vital the football community adheres to measures regarding travel and self-isolation put in place by the New Zealand Government, and doesn’t contribute to any further spread of COVD-19.

We are monitoring this fast-developing situation closely along with support from New Zealand Football, and will keep you updated.

Hygiene for players

  • If you are sick or feeling unwell please do not come to football.
  • Limit physical contact like shaking hands, greet teammates and opponents with a ankle or fist bump
  • Irrespective of COVID-19, water bottles should not be shared. All players should have their own drink.
  • Don’t share drinks, towels, lip balm or sunscreen, bring your own

General Hygiene

  • Wash (and then dry) you hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Wash your hands before eating
  • Avoid touching you eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay at home and seek medical treatment when you are sick
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands

We expect advice from the NZ Government on mass gatherings this week, and will update you immediately on the impact. Until then, community level football will proceed, based on current government advice.

What action is Birkenhead United taking?

  • We are ensuring our cancellation policies and contingency plans are in place, and any change will be clearly communicated to participants prior to any event
  • Individual players can elect not to participate in any activity at their personal discretion
  • If anyone associated with Birkenhead United is feeling unwell, they should immediately self-isolate, refrain from all football activities straight away and seek medical advice by calling Healthline on 0800 611 116
  • As we move forward, we will consider whether tournaments or events that may attract large crowds can be delayed or cancelled
  • Signs are being placed around the club reminding about the risks posed by COVID-19 and encouraging basic hygiene
  • Ensuring player facilities are maintained and cleaned to a high standard with appropriate cleaning agents, and consider cleaning them more regularly

We thank you for your understanding and support.

Birkenhead United Management Committee

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