Newcastle United bans players from interacting with fans over coronavirus fears

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Newcastle United have issued further guidance to supporters following the outbreak of coronavirus around the world.

It comes after sports governing bodies met with government officials on Monday to discuss whether or not sporting fixtures should be cancelled or played behind closed doors.

However, for now, sporting fixtures in the UK remain unchanged and unaffected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The club says they've issued the guidance ahead of their next home Premier League fixture against Sheffield United on Saturday, where a capacity crowd is expected.

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Newcastle United also revealed it had:

  • Increased the availability of hand sanitiser throughout the public and non-public areas of St James' Park. Supporters, staff and all visitors are strongly advised to use it regularly

  • Stopped the players posing for photographs and signing autographs with fans

  • Cancelled stadium tours on matchday and access to the dressing room, tunnel area and dugouts will be restricted to essential personnel only at all times.

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Previously, Head Coach Steve Bruce had revealed the players had been asked not to shake hands to help protect themselves against coronavirus.