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Harrogate Town CEO provides update on covid situation at the club

Harrogate Town's CEO has provided a covid update on the club after admitting the football industry has been "severely impacted" already.

Harrogate Town's CEO has provided a covid update on the club after admitting the football industry has been "severely impacted" by a national rise in covid cases. Sarah Barry, the club's Chief Executive Officer, revealed that all of the staff and players are symptom free "bar one" person. And with the English Football League (EFL) looking to push ahead with fixtures over the Christmas period, Sarah told Your Harrogate the club are going to extra lengths when it comes to ensuring they are covid safe. She said:

"We’re going to extra lengths to try and protect the players as well as the supporters.

"From a players perspective, there is no car sharing for first team players, no sharing rooms at away games, social distancing unless it’s tactical training, and any essential treatment from our physio is at a maximum of 15 minutes."

[caption id="attachment_21241" align="aligncenter" width="785"] Harrogate Town CEO Sarah Barry is hopeful matches will go ahead over the festive period.[/caption]

The club have also been working alongside local company Bio Decon to decontaminate the stadium, changing rooms, offices and even the players cars.

In terms of the football, Sarah said the club are yet to have any word on potential cancellations or playing matches behind closed doors. She added:

"We’ve had no indication yet, official or unofficial, but that could come at any second, we’re well aware of that.

"The message loud and clear from EFL at the moment is that we want to keep going."

Football clubs are required to have 14 fit covid-free players, including one goalkeeper, before their game is considered for cancellation. And Sarah is hoping that football can go ahead safely, for the benefit of the club and for the supporters. She said:

"It’s a real outlet and a tonic for supporters. We all know the mental health challenges across the board and it’s a known fact that football unites people and lifts spirits.

"Whatever can happen that can happen safely, should happen. We’re doing everything we can within our control."

Harrogate Town's Boxing Day fixture with Bradford City has been postponed due to covid cases in the Bradford squad. Town's next match therefore will be at home to Mansfield Town on Wednesday 29th December. Kick off is at 7:45pm. Listen to the full chat as Your Harrogate's Pete Egerton caught up with Harrogate Town CEO Sarah Barry: [audio mp3="https://vouchers.yourharrogate.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Sarah-Barry-Pre-Christmas-231221.mp3"][/audio] Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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