Arsenal forced to CLOSE Hale End Academy after a positive Covid-19 test… with seven staff members being placed into self-isolation
- A member of staff at Arsenal’s Hale End Academy tested positive for Covid-19
- That staff member plus six others will now begin a period in self-isolation
- In a statement the club said they have commenced a track and trace process
The Premier League side were left with no choice but to close the facility while they undertake a track and trace operation.
A report in the Athletic details a senior staff member that had travelled abroad before returning a positive test result when back at the Academy. Six other staff members have been asked to enter self-isolation as a result.
Arsenal have temporarily shut their Hale End Academy due to a positive staff Covid-19 test
A statement from Arsenal read: ‘We can confirm that a member of staff from our Hale End Academy has tested positive for Covid-19.
‘The positive test result arrived at 5pm today and the member of staff immediately left the site to self-isolate.
‘As a consequence, six other members of staff are now self-isolating and we have initiated track and trace for the entire site.
‘We are working through our CCTV and attendance records on site in order to continue the track and trace process. Our Hale End Academy will now be closed on Thursday October 8 for deep cleaning.
The club said in a statement that track and trace is underway following the positive test result
‘After Thursday, we will review our coaching plans at Hale End accordingly and will keep all staff, parents and young players fully informed.
‘The health and safety of everyone on all our sites is our paramount concern. No members of our men’s or women’s first team squads have been affected.’
Hale End is a multi-million pound training base that is used for players aged between nine and 16.
Current first team stars Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Bukayo Saka are among notable recent graduates.