The Premier League has announced a complete ban on the handshake between players in the pre-game ritual to halt the spread of Coronavirus. The decision has been taken into effect by the Premier League after the government asked the League to step up its contingency planning following the Coronavirus update. The 'Premier League bans handshake' rule will apply to players and officials until there is another update based on medical advice.
If anyone of the 20 Premier League teams are impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak, finishing the campaign would be extremely troublesome. Being the biggest football league in the world, the Premier League needs to take appropriate measures to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. Therefore, a contingency plan was drawn out stating that the Premier League handshakes will no longer take place before any game.
Coronavirus can be spread through droplets from the nose as well as the mouth and can be transmitted onto one's hands and passed on through a handshake. This is despite the fact that the Coronavirus risk to the public is from low to moderate. So there is no immediate reasoning to close or shut down any sporting events in the Premier League.
The Premier League issued a statement on Thursday that informed the players, officials and fans about ditching the pre-game handshakes.
The Premier League fair-play handshake will not take place between players and match officials from this weekend until further notice based on medical advice— Premier League (@premierleague) March 5, 2020
Full statement: https://t.co/m1owLqUol8 pic.twitter.com/DkvzRyePzX
Although the Premier League has banned the pre-game handshakes, the clubs and match officials will continue to perform the remainder of the traditional walk-out from the tunnel protocol ahead of each game. However, upon entering the pitch the two teams will line up in the background of the Premier League soundtrack and then the players from the home team will walk past the opposing players without exchanging the fair-play handshakes.
The Premier League has only banned players from shaking hands, however, the Serie A has been impacted a lot worse due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Fixtures in the Serie A have already been postponed and most of them will continue to be played behind closed doors until April 3.