Bath City have announced that all club staff have been placed on furlough.

The Romans, who have been chasing promotion from the National League South again this season under Jerry Gill, are just one of the latest clubs to have made such an announcement, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take hold of football and general life.

The club explain: “In the light of the suspension of National League South football since 14th March – now extended indefinitely, and the shutdown of leisure and gym businesses due to the Covid-19 crisis, most day-to-day activities have now ceased at Bath City Football Club. Therefore, we have asked all players, football coaching staff, bar management and office staff to temporarily cease working under the Government’s furlough scheme until such time as the scheme ends or business returns sufficiently to normal.

“The club is immensely grateful to every single one of our players and staff for agreeing to these changes to their employment, to help Bath City get through this immense challenge. We are also grateful to all the fans who have contributed to the Player Pledge and bought season tickets or merchandise, companies that are participating in the Shirt Sponsor Draw and the Supporters Society and Supporters Club for their contributions to club funds.

“While we expect to get government support to help us through this period, it won’t pay for everything, and we don’t expect any of those funds until late-April at the earliest, so the cash we receive now is critical to paying our people and our bills.”

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