Havant and Waterlooville have said that the club are entering a self-imposed ten-day isolation, feeling it is currently unsafe to continue playing.

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The Hawks will therefore not be playing their upcoming three fixtures in the National League South.

A statement read out from CEO Stuart Munro said: “We have decided as a football club to put ourselves into isolation for the next ten days. We’ve had COVID rip through this football club over Christmas, we nearly lost our kitman, our chairman and his wife have been very ill, and six or seven players, and I’m including myself, have had COVID.

“It now looks like we’ve got another positive COVID test, albeit we’re waiting for a result in the next 24-48 hours. That player was playing on Tuesday at Bath, and he also lives in a house owned by the club, where three or four other players live, who are now also going to be tested.

“That test may not be back until Friday or Saturday, but we feel as a board now that it’s not safe to play in this current climate. We have a duty of care to our players, our staff and their families that is more important than football.”

He added: “We will not be attending Concord (Rangers) on Saturday, or Dorking (Wanderers) on Wednesday, or Braintree the following week. We will then decide as a board after that ten-day isolation whether we feel it’s safe to continue playing.

“We’re taking that decision out of the National League’s hands ourselves.”

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