Premier League side Norwich City will furlough members of their staff who aren't able to work during the postponement of play due to the coronavirus, the club announced on Tuesday.
The Premier League is on hiatus until April 30 at the earliest and many clubs throughout the sport have implemented cost-cutting measures such as wage cuts, layoffs and furloughs to help mitigate the financial impact caused by the suspension of games.
"Owing to the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Norwich City Football Club will begin the process of furloughing members of its staff who are unable to work at this time," the club said in a statement.
"Under the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the furloughing of staff will safeguard future jobs and help sustain the club throughout this period.
"The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will mean that 80% of the salaries of furloughed staff, up to £2,500 per month per individual, will be paid by the government. The club will top up the money received from the scheme to ensure that all furloughed staff receive their usual salary in full.
"Where necessary, part time and casual staff will also be furloughed.
"As part of the scheme, furloughed staff will not be permitted to carry out work for the club."
Coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, is a new strain of coronavirus that has surged around the globe in recent months. The coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory diseases. Flu is caused by a different virus. There is no vaccine for the coronavirus, though researchers are working on one and hope to begin testing soon.
Older people, especially those with chronic illnesses such as heart or lung disease, are most at risk. The coronavirus spreads mainly through coughs and sneezes, though it also can be transferred from surfaces. The best way to prevent infection is by frequent hand-washing, cleaning surfaces with regular household sprays and wipes, and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.