THE TOOLSTATION Western League is asking fans to support their local football clubs on and off the field this season by observing the Covid-19 guidance.

Since the announcement that fans would be allowed back into step four clubs and below, many supporters have been excitedly planning their days out to watch their local team.

And while specific guidance varies from club to club, depending on their facilities, supporters are being asked to observe social distancing and avoid close contact with others not in their social or support bubble when venturing out on a Saturday.

If fans need to access any of the ground’s amenities, such as toilets, food and drink outlets, they should check to see if any of them are not in use, and plan accordingly.

Maintaining good hand hygiene is essential while using sanitiser dispensers is also advised.

Fans are still being urged to take extreme care when singing or celebrating, avoiding hugs, high-fives and any close contact with anyone not in their household.

Like all of its clubs, the Western League has appointed a Covid Officer.

Since his appointment, George McCaffery has been supporting club officials with their Covid-19 questions.

Unlike professional entertainment venues, non-league football is run by an army of volunteers, who must now ensure their games are Covid-19 compliant, along with the host of other responsibilities they’ve agreed to undertake on a match day.

George’s message to fans is simple: “Let’s keep playing, keep watching and follow the guidance.

“We all have a part to play in defeating the virus, especially fans.

“Don’t wait to be told what to do. Use your common sense and support your local club by helping the volunteers make sure that everything is Covid-19 compliant.

“If you have any concerns about how a club is implementing its Covid-19 risk assessment, please contact a club official, either in person or by email.

“And remember that whatever your hope for your club this season, Covid-19 is the one opponent we all want to beat.”