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Southampton Rangers doing utmost to get Covid situation under control

Southampton Rangers Sports Club is closed under further notice (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Chanjiv Simons, the Southampton Rangers president, says the club is working hard with the Ministry of Health to ensure the safety of its members and the general public.

The sports club was ordered shut down by the ministry on December 5 after persons attending a prior engagement on the premises tested positive for Covid-19.

Three days later, a health ministry spokeswoman said anyone who was at the facility on November 27 or November 29 may have been exposed and were told to go into quarantine and get tested for the coronavirus.

“In the abundance of caution and under the guidance of the health department, Southampton Rangers Sports Club have acted swiftly in ensuring that the clubhouse and bathroom facilities have been sterilised by Fixed Appliance Repair & Property Management, using a commercial steam cleaner and extractor, to ensure the club has been completely cleansed and rid of any lingering bacteria,” Simons said.

“Additionally, at the request of the health department, we have had all of our staff members tested for Covid and quarantined for 14 days.

“A list of all patrons who frequented the club on the two dates they may have been potentially exposed has been passed on to the government contact tracers. These individuals are being contacted by the health department to go in for Covid testing.”

He added: “Our club will be closed until further notice as we await approval from the health department to reopen for business.

“The executive of Southampton Rangers Sports Club will continue to work alongside the health department to ensure the safety of its members, community and general public during these unprecedented times.”

Rangers hosted Somerset Eagles in a Friendship Trophy match at Southampton Oval on November 29.

In the wake of the Ministry of Health’s advisory, Roger Lee, the Somerset Eagles manager, has urged players from both teams to go into quarantine and get tested.

Meanwhile, the dramatic rise in the number of active Covid-19 cases on island has led to organised football being suspended at least until December 22.

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Published December 11, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated December 10, 2020 at 10:41 pm)

Southampton Rangers doing utmost to get Covid situation under control

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