Dear Members and supporters,
In light of recent developments regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) I want to update you of the preventative measures we are taking here at Port Adelaide.
As you would expect, Port Adelaide’s number one priority is the health and safety of our players, coaches, staff, volunteers and you, our Members and supporters.
As a result, the club has introduced a number of measures in the short-term designed to minimise the risk of our people contracting the virus, including the following:
- Restrict tour groups and external visitors through the administration and training centre
- For essential visitors, the introduction of a sign in register which will include questions around recent travel and current state of health
- A travel register for all staff, including their direct families
- Increased hand sanitisers across the entire club facilities
- Implemented regular “super clean” of the club’s facilities
- Limited external appearances for players and coaches
- Closed access to all training sessions
- Media conferences conducted external of the training centre
Under the advice from the relevant authorities, these are all important measures that we need to implement in the short to mid-term at least. There are likely to be more to come.
With the continuing spread of Coronavirus, the club is seeking to preserve the health of its players, staff and members and fans who attend our events.
This will impact some of our most loved activities from our community school programs to open training sessions to player appearances at our traditional Thursday night “Talking Footy” event at the Port Club.
We trust though that as a Port Adelaide Member or supporter, who is invested in the welfare of our people, you will understand the necessity of these precautions.
Our club doctors and medical staff are well equipped to work through any precautionary measures and manage any player or staff health concerns.
Port Adelaide has also established a working group and continues to receive regular briefings from the AFL and take advice from the Government and relevant health organisations around Australia.
Their informed and expert opinions will help shape our decision making moving forward.
We understand this is a very unsettling period for all of us at the moment. The idea of any disruption to the game we love is a bitter pill to swallow, but common sense must prevail.
Please take all the necessary precautions to stay healthy, and we will keep you informed of any developments, particularly as they pertain to your membership and interaction with the club through this difficult time.