Wigan Warriors have announced measures the club is taking as cases of Coronavirus rise ahead of their visit to Salford tonight.
Unlike other sports, including football and Formula 1, the Rugby Football League is not cancelling fixtures yet.
The confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in the UK is now 798.
Leeds Rhinos’ trip to Catalans Dragons has been postponed, but this weekend’s Challenge Cup fixtures, and St Helens’ will still travel to Castleford on Sunday.
The club’s executive director Kris Radlinski said: “Understandably, we have had to make provisions around coronavirus that have resulted in us making some changes to how we engage with our supporters including on game day, that emphasises the health and wellbeing of our players and staff.”
Wigan released a statement about precautions the club is taking.
It said: “We have taken proactive measures including cancelling any external events for playing and high-performance staff, suspending players’ physical interaction on a matchday with supporters during their customary pre-match entrance and in their post-match lap of honour, and also with matchday mascots.
“Furthermore, we are reminding everyone of good hygiene practices through notices in/around our Robin Park Arena site facilities, our office locations and other community facilities that we use regularly. This includes the installation of antibacterial handwash stations in the Arena reception area, which we are now asking all site visitors to use upon arrival.”
Wigan’s next home match is scheduled for Sunday, 22nd March against the French side, Catalans Dragons.
Meanwhile, Warriors coach Adrian Lam has called for his players to keep their feet on the ground ahead of their trip to Salford tonight.
In the only Super League game of the night, Wigan are aiming to stay top of the table by beating the 10th placed Red Devils at the AJ Bell Stadium.
But Lam knows Salford can beat his side, as they proved in last season’s play-offs by reaching the Grand Final after beating the Warriors at the DW Stadium.
“Our focus in this short turn around week is that we manage to come away with the two points,” said the coach.
“Salford are getting better and better every week, they’ve got players in there that can hurt you and we respect who they are and what they’ve done. We know they are capable of causing us an upset so we’ve got to make sure we are on our game.”